Ajmer Dargah Cleric Arrested For Incendiary Comment On Nupur Sharma
A cleric from the Ajmer Dargah in Rajasthan was detained today after it was claimed that he had made a beheading offer to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, whose comments about the Prophet Mohammad had sparked protests in India and condemnation from Gulf countries. Sharma was allegedly caught on camera making the alleged offer.
Salman Chishti had being sought by by the Rajasthan police since a Monday night FIR regarding a video clip was filed.
The preacher claims in the video—the veracity of which NDTV cannot confirm—that he will offer his home to anyone who brings Nupur Sharma’s head to him. He is also heard claiming that if she had insulted the Prophet, he would have shot her to death.
“To every Muslim nation, you must respond. This message is from Huzur Khwaja Baba ka Darbar, and I’m saying it from Ajmer, Rajasthan “In the video, he made reference to the well-known Sufi shrine.
Following the filing of a FIR on Monday night, police were hunting for Salman Chishti.
According to police officer Dalveer Singh Faujdar, the accused has a criminal history, according to news outlet PTI. The shrine is a site of intercommunal cooperation, according to the Ajmer Dargah Dewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan office, which has criticised the video. It stated that the “khadim” in the video’s opinions could not be interpreted as the dargah’s message. It was also said that the comments were made by a single person and were strongly condemned.
The brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Udaipur, who claimed to have received threats because of a social media post he made in favour of Ms. Sharma, has put Rajasthan on edge.
Two guys killed him, recording the crime, and claiming they were “avenging an insult to Islam.” Another video by Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad boasted about the murder and made threats against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both were detained.
The state police vowed to take harsh measures against anyone who made comments that could inflame racial tensions.
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