Watch: Slogans calling for violence against Muslims raised at event organised by ex-BJP spokesperson

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Hate speech and slogans calling for violence against Muslims were raised at an event organised by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and Supreme Court lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay on Sunday at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

BJP leader and actor Gajendra Chauhan was among the participants.

According to a report on The Indian Express, Upadhyay had organised the event as part of his “Bharat Jodo (Unite India) movement” to demand an end to “colonial-era laws” by introducing a uniform civil code in India.

“There was a protest against colonial laws used to suppress Indians by the British, which still exist. We were there to protest against those laws and for a Uniform Civil Code because our demand was that there should be one rule in one country,” said Shipra Srivastava, media in-charge of Bharat Jodo Movement to The Indian Express.

Videos on social media feature a large gathering of people shouting inflammatory slogans such as: “Jab mulle kaate jayenge, Ram-Ram chillayenge [Muslims will chant Ram-Ram when they will be slaughtered].”

People who attended the rally also flouted Covid-19 norms as they neither wore masks nor maintained physical distancing.

As per Delhi Police, the organisers did not have the permission for the event.

“We refused permission after informing them about DDMA guidelines (which do not allow for gatherings in view of the Covid protocol), and later we got to know that Ashwini Upadhyay was looking for an indoor venue. Police arrangements were in place and we thought around 50 people would come, but suddenly many people in small groups started gathering. They were protesting peacefully, but started raising slogans when they were dispersing,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.

When asked about the inflammatory slogans raised at the event, a senior police official said: “We are verifying all the video clips.”

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