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Haridwar hate speech: FIR against main leader filed

Narasimhanand is the fifth to be named in the complaint

Our Bureau, Agencies New Delhi Published 01.01.22, 05:35 PM
The seers at the controversial event

The seers at the controversial event File Picture

Two more names -- Yati Narasimhanand, Sindhu Sagar -- were added Saturday to the FIR lodged in connection with the recent Dharma Sansad in Haridwar where hate speeches were allegedly delivered against Muslims, according to officials.

They said section 295 of the Indian Penal Code (destruction, damage of a place of worship or an object held sacred) was also added to the FIR apart from section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language).


Haridwar Circle Officer Shekhar Suyal told PTI the names of Ghaziabad's Dasna temple priest Yati Narasimhanand, who was the event organiser, and seer Sindhu Sagar were added to the FIR.

Extremely provocative speeches inciting violence against Muslims were allegedly made by the participants at the event held at Ved Niketan Dham in Haridwar for three days from December 16 to 19.

However, the official refused to explain why the new section has been added to the FIR saying it was part of the investigation which cannot be shared telephonically.

The addition of two new names in the FIR takes the number of people booked in the case so far to five -- the other being Waseem Rizvi alias Jitendra Tyagi, Sadhvi Annapurna, Dharamdas, Yati Narasimhanand and Sindhu Sagar.

Yati Narasimhanand, the controversial priest of Dasna temple, had been out of the ambit of the probe so far.

Rizvi, who was earlier the president of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, had changed his name to Jitendra Narayan Tyagi after converting to Hinduism.

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