Former Rajasthan BJP MLA, others booked for communal speech in Alwar

Date: 10 July 2021

Police in Rajasthan’s Alwar district registered an FIR against former BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja and nine others for alleged communal speeches and criminal intimidation in a village where he had gone to meet the family of a 12-year-old gangrape victim on July 3. “Ahuja and the others gave inflammatory and communal speeches, abused and threatened to kill people from the Meo community living in the village and nearby areas,” said the FIR, which was registered on July 7. Filed on the basis of a complaint by local advocate Aas Mohammad Khan, the FIR has invoked IPC provisions relating to promoting enmity between different groups and criminal intimidation among others. According to the FIR, Ahuja allegedly announced that 5,000-10,000 people will assemble near the village on July 25 and bring weapons such as sticks, swords, spears and licenced guns.


“He also said Meo Muslims should be driven out and used anti-Muslim rhetoric which can stoke communal tension,” alleged advocate Khan, the complainant.


In videos of the incident circulated on social media, Ahuja can be seen saying it will be a ‘Hindu rally’ on July 25 and that he no longer regards people from the Meo community as brothers.

Apart from Ahuja, who is a three-time former MLA from Ramgarh, the FIR names Raman Gulati, Brahmamuni, Jawaharlal Taneja, Rajendra Sharma, Gopal Thekedar, Rajkumar Teerthani, Sachin Paliwal, Hetram Murtikar and Jagdish Jatav.




Morphed Hoarding of AAP's Gujarat Unit Shared With a Communal Spin

Date: 12 July 2021

A morphed photograph showing a hoarding put up by the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Gujarat unit has gone viral on social media with a communal claim that says that the party is appealing to people to quit other things like "reading Bhagavat Saptah" and read Namaz. We looked at the original photos of the hoarding that were put up at different locations in Gujarat and found that the viral photo was edited. The hoarding in the viral photo had a title in Gujarati, which when translated to English read, "Gujarat will read Namaz". The rest of the text said, "Forget things like Bhagvat Saptah and Satyanarayan Katha." The viral post was morphed. The header in the original photo said, "Now Gujarat will change". The additional text in the viral photo was also added on the blank space that was seen in the original hoarding. Finally, the photo of AAP's Gujarat President, Gopal Italia, was edited to add a beard and a different attire. AAP Gujarat's media cell said the viral photo was edited and that the party was going to take legal action against those who created the edited image.