November 12, 2020 2:55:28 am
The Vadodara Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Wednesday arrested two individuals for allegedly putting up hoardings in Vadodara metropolis against French President Emmanuel Macron between October 31 and November 5.
The two accused, recognized as Shabbir Hussain Shaikh (29), a resident of Tandalja, and Asif Salim Shaikh (34), a resident of Nawabwada in Raopura, had been booked for “inciting hatred” against communities.
The DCB on Wednesday stated, “The accused printed banners carrying messages of hatred and inciting the Muslim community, which had been protesting with the belief that some statements made by the Head of state of France were against their religious beliefs. The accused did not name the printing press or the commissioning person for such banners, and put them up with a criminal intention of fanning communal discord.”
The DCB has booked the 2 accused beneath Section 269 and 270 (malignant act more likely to unfold an infection of illness harmful to life), 505 (intent to incite any class or neighborhood of individuals to commit any offence against some other class or neighborhood) and 120(B) (prison conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code in addition to sections of Press Registration Act.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCB, Jaydeepsinh Jadeja informed this newspaper, “The CCTV footage shows that the two men broke the prohibitory and precautionary measures in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and did not wear masks or hand gloves while putting up the posters. They also intended to incite the Muslim community against the French President. So they have been booked accordingly and arrested.”
Asif Shaikh has a number of circumstances against him from the previous, together with homicide, try and homicide, possession of arms and leaping parole.
Protests had damaged out in Vadodara on October 30 against French President Emmanuel Macron’s feedback after the alleged beheading of a college instructor earlier this month over displaying cartoons of Prophet Mohammad from a satire journal Charlie Hebdo.
In Vadodara, residents of minority-dominated areas of Nawabwada, Macchipeeth and Navayard, pasted posters of Macron to the street to permit folks and automobiles to crush the posters in a symbolic protest. Banners calling for boycott of France and French merchandise additionally got here up in the minority areas in Vadodara.
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