Agra man sent to judicial custody after video of him abusing Hindu community goes viral

Police said that the clip could disturb communal harmony

Updated - June 08, 2024 01:23 am IST

Published - June 07, 2024 10:50 pm IST - Lucknow

An Agra Court on Friday sent Dhirendra Raghav to judicial custody for allegedly inciting communal tension after the local police detained him for making a video abusing the Hindu community. The man had made the video pretending to an extremist in traditional Muslim attire.

“A video come to our notice through social media that a person posted on his Instagram account which could disturb communal harmony. Taking immediate cognisance of the video, the New Agra Police Station team took the accused into custody and presented him in the court which sent him in judicial custody,” said Suraj Kumar Rai, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) City, Agra.

He added the case is registered under Section 295 A (whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religious feelings) and Section 505 (2) (Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement or report containing rumour or alarming news with intent to create or promote, or which is likely to create or promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

Earlier, fact-checker Mohammed Zubair put out the video on June 7 tagging senior officials of Uttar Pradesh police bringing the video to notice. “Dhirendra Raghav pretending to be a Muslim by wearing a skullcap and abusing Hindus. This video is viral on social media with a communal claim to incite Hindus against Muslims,” posted Mr. Zubair, tagging Director General of Police (DGP), Uttar Pradesh, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Agra Zone, U.P. Police and Agra Police. 

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