Karnataka: Hindu Jagaran Vedike chief booked for remarks on Quran and Muslims

Karnataka police have detained the chief of Hindu Jagaran Vidik, a subsidiary of Sangh Privar, for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Qur’an and Muslims.

Keshava Murthy, organizer of Hindu Jagaran Vedic state meetings, was booked on July 1 following a complaint by Zamir Ahmed, chief of Anjuman Islamic in Kolar.

According to police sources, the remarks were made earlier in the day when Hindutva activists protested the killing of Kanhai Lal, a tailor who allegedly supported the now-arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, due to the controversy he is raising about the prophet’s statements.

A video of Murthy’s speech showed him saying that people who had read and followed the Qur’an were “terrorists”.

Kolar Township Police registered a case under Section 153a of the Indian Penal Code (Promotion of hostility between different groups), 153B (Provocation with intent to cause riots), 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to arouse the religious sentiments of any class by insulting them religion or religious beliefs), 504 (willful insult with intent to violate the peace) and 505i (printing or engraving material known to be libelous).

However, Murthy is at large and the police have not yet arrested him.

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