“Tum sab maroge (You will all die)” – this is what Yati Narsinghanand, one of the religious leaders accused in the Haridwar hate speech case, told police officers when co-defendant Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi was arrested yesterday.
Tyagi, formerly known as Waseem Rizvi, is the first accused to be arrested in the hate speech case in which provocative remarks were made against Muslims during a “Dharma Sansad”.
Uttarakhand police have notified Yati Narsinghanand and another accused Sadhvi Annapurna, requesting them to appear before them.
A video now circulating on social media shows police officers asking Narsinghanand to cooperate while they take Tyagi into custody.
While in a car, he asks the officers why Tyagi was arrested. The officers explain that they have to make the arrest in connection with the cases brought against him.
“In all three cases I am with him. Did he do it alone?” asks Narsinghanand.
The officers ask him to get out of the car so they can continue, but Narsinghanand seems adamant.
As the officers say, “Tyagi understands the situation,” Narsinghanand replies, “But I’m not. He became a Hindu who counted on our support.”
Waseem Rizvi, former chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board, “converted” to Hinduism last month and took the name Jitendra Singh Narayan Tyagi. Narsinghanand, high priest of the Dasna Devi Temple in Ghaziabad, who is known for his controversial remarks, had organized the ceremony.
As the officers insist, Narinsinghand is heard saying, “Tum sab maroge, apne baccho ko bhi… (All of you will die, including your children…”
Tyagi was arrested in Roorkee, Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Yogendra Rawat told PTI news agency.
Narsinghanand, Tyagi and Annapurnna are among more than 10 people named in the FIRs filed in the speeches case.
The first arrest in the case comes after the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the government of Uttarakhand to submit an affidavit within 10 days about the measures taken in the case.