Elgar Parishad event: Will arrest Sharjeel Usmani from wherever he is, says Maharashtra home minister

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said Sharjeel Usmani is currently not in the state but police will arrest him from whichever state he is in.

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said the state police have filed an FIR against Sharjeel Usmani over his “offensive remarks” made at an event organised by the Elgar Parishad on January 30.

Anil Deshmukh said Sharjeel Usmani is currently not in Maharashtra but the police will arrest him from whichever state he is in.

“The police have investigated video clippings of the Elgar Parishad event held on 30th in Pune and a case has been registered against Sharjeel Usmani for his offensive remarks. He is not currently in Maharashtra but we will arrest him from whichever state he is in be it Bihar, UP, Gujarat or elsewhere,” Anil Deshmukh said.

What’s the case about?

Sharjeel Usmani, an alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University, is accused of “hurting sentiments of Hindus” by a speech that he made at the Elgar Parishad event on January 30.

Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has alleged that Sharjeel Usmani had “insulted sentiments” of Hindus during his speech at the Elgar Parishad conclave held recently in Pune.

Fadnavis demanded demanded strict action against him. He also alleged the Maharashtra government, which is headed by the Shiv Sena and comprises the NCP and Congress, didn’t register an FIR against Sharjeel Usmani despite demands made by the BJP.

“In a video, Sharjeel Usmani is speaking at the Elgar Parishad. Usmani allegedly insulted sentiments of the Hindu community. A person comes in Maharashtra, insults sentiments, and returns to his home state without facing any legal action. If the state government fails to take any action against him, then we will assume that the government is behind Usmani,” Fadnavis was quoted as saying by PTI.

The Elgar Parishad conclave was organised on Saturday and among those who participated in it included novelist Arundhati Roy, former IPS officer SM Mushrif, former Bombay High Court judge BG Kolse-Patil, and Sharjeel Usmani.

Source: India Today


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