Pakistan Zindabad slogans raised in Indian political party rally irks India

Pakistan Zindabad slogans raised in Indian political party rally irks India

BAREILLY: Irrigation Minister of India’s Uttar Pradesh state Dharampal Singh on Sunday asked the police chief to register an FIR under the sedition law (IPC’s Section 124-A) in a case of ‘anti-national slogans’ being raised during the victory procession of Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Nawabganjnagar Palika chairperson Shehla Tahir.

The minister’s complaint came a day after a video of the December 19 event went viral on social media. Quoting senior police officials, Times of India has reported <link>that the authorities were verifying the clipping and would take further action after its authenticity was established.

In the video, a man, who is not visible, can be heard twice shouting ‘Pakistan zindabad,’ the paper reported. “Raising pro-Pakistan slogans is an ‘insult’ to the country. I have spoken to the senior police officials and informed them that this was a serious matter and a case of sedition must be registered,” the minister said.

“I have directed a senior police officer to first verify the video and take action accordingly,” said SK Bhagat, the inspector general of the Bareilly Police. SSP Jogendra Kumar said that they were checking at this stage if the clipping was authentic and would take further action accordingly.

“My political opponents have edited the clipping and circulated it on social media. I am being framed. I come from a family of freedom fighters and I proudly hoist the national flag on Independence Day and Republic Day,” Shehla Tahir said while terming the video doctored.