Jama Masjid protest: Police identify five persons, say mobilisation happened through WhatsApp group

after a day A short protest was organized at the Jamia Mosque After Friday prayers, in protest of the Prophet’s statements, Delhi Police identified five people and confiscated the CCTV cameras installed in the building.

Shweta Chauhan DCP (Central) said, “We have registered a case under IPC Section 188 (Disobedience to an Order Duly Issued by a Public Official) to hold protest without permission against unknown persons, and we will add more sections considering provocation as seen before. Our police forces and in the contents of the CCTV footage obtained.”

The police, in their initial investigation, found that people were mobilized via WhatsApp messages. “The Central District Police has obtained vital details about these WhatsApp groups and is collecting more details,” said a senior police officer.

The party added: “About 1,500 people gathered for Friday prayer, 150 of them started protesting with banners later, which increased to 300. However, the police peacefully controlled the crowd in 10-15 minutes. Since the protest took place without permission, we will take Actions against some of those who have been identified. The way people gathered after the namaz, with placards and banners, indicates that it was planned.”

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The sources said that the special branch received input on Thursday evening that a committee would organize protests at the gate of Jama Masjid 1 against the arrested BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and the expulsion of BJP media unit chief Navin Kumar Jindal. The sources said that the Central District Police then made security arrangements.

Some protesters carried placards and chanted slogans against Sharma, calling for her arrest. While dispersing the protesters, a policeman at the site said: “Most of the people (who had gathered for Friday prayers) left after the prayer. Now it is just a small gathering.”

The protesters said they were not affiliated with any political party. One of them, Taj al-Din, said: “We are not politicians. We only want to protest the insult of the Prophet and demand the arrest of the guilty.”

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