The Delhi Police have registered a first information report (FIR) against two men from the Delhi unit of Hindutva outfits Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal for organising a shobha yatra to mark Hanuman Jayanti in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on 16 April.
Violence broke out in Jahangirpuri following the shobha yatra when Hindu youth entered a Muslim locality and participants in the yatra threatened to attack a mosque.
The police have arrested more than 20 people -14 of them Muslims- including minors, on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly.
The new FIR has been lodged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) at Jahangirpuri police station after a head constable of the same police station filed a complaint.
The police case against Hindutva groups came after rights groups, Muslim bodies accused of city police of arbitrarily detaining Muslims.
“On April 15, Prem Sharma, the zila sewa pramukh of the VHP, and Braham Prakash, co-department secretary, filed an application – DD (daily diary) no 83A in the Jahangirpuri police station for carrying out a procession. They have been informed that for such permission, they should take permission from DCP (northwest),” read the FIR.
“On April 16, without any permission, they gathered people and willingly carried out a procession “illegally”. There was a possibility of some tussle between two communities and it came to (the) fore from the police station that they did not take any permission. Prem Sharma and Braham Prakash personally gathered all the people illegally and without taking permission, they organised a procession, which is a violation of a notification issued by ACP (Jahangirpuri) on April 1.. Legal action under IPC Section 188 should be taken against them,” it went on to say.