BJP leader arrested in UP over blasphemous post

Lucknow, June 08 (KMS): Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth head of Kanpur Harshit Srivastava was arrested for sharing a derogatory post on Twitter about the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

A case was lodged against Srivastava with the Colonelgunj Police.

The arrest comes amidst the derogatory comments on the prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) by the ruling party BJP’s national leaders have been triggering a massive diplomatic fallout with several nations raising the issue with India.

Srivastava has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act.

Last week, the Kanpur city witnessed violence after a Hindu mob attacked a protest led by Muslims against the derogatory comments of BJP leader Nupur Sharma about the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

On Friday, a Muslim organisation called to shut down shops at the Parade Market – one of the biggest wholesale markets in the city – over the comments made by Sharma about Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in a televised debate. The clashes began when the Hindu groups started hurling stones at protesting Muslims. Videos showed the Hindu mob attacking Muslims in the presence of cops.

Later, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued directives to UP Director general of Police (DGP) to invoke Gangster Act and National Security Act (NSA) against the “trouble makers”. Instead of taking action against the extremist Hindus, the authorities booked at least 36 Muslims under the draconian NSA in Kanpur.

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