UP Police arrest Muslim villager from Odisha for sedition following VHP member’s complaint

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 A team of Uttar Pradesh police officers have arrested Sayed Hassan, a 42-year-old Muslim man from a Cuttack village, after a VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) member’s complaint that he had received a series of threats from a number belonging to Hassan.

Sayed Hassan Ahamed has been booked under sections 507, 153 A, 124 A and 504 of the Indian Penal Code.out of these, Section 124A deals with sedition. 

Initially, the charges of section 507 of the IPC(Indian penal code) dealing with intimidation had been followed by a complaint made by the VHP-activist Kuldeep Panchal at the Singhawali Ahir police station of Uttar Pradesh’s Bagpat district.

Kuldeep sought for the security from the police forces, as he was getting threat calls from an unknown number, this number belonged to Ahamed. Kuldeep demanded an immediate arrest of the caller. The police also added charges under other sections.

Ahamed, a shopkeeper who sells torchlights in the Salepur market, has been accused of making “derogatory remarks” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Adityanath on social media.

Two-member police arrested him and produced him to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Cuttack on Friday and seeking for further interrogation.

Salepur police station sub-inspector Jharna Pradhan told The Wire that charges under sections 153A, 124A and 504 of IPC were added against Ahmed following “further investigation by UP police.”

When the wire-spoke to Ahamed’s father, a retired teacher confirmed that the number belonged to him but he remains innocent.

While Cuttack superintendent of police (rural), B. Jugal Kishore said he had no details on the case and his fellow officers would get into further investigation.

Many political parties have decided not to comment on this issue. An activist-Bidyut Mohanty stated that this is a human rights violation.

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