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Mumbai cops cane crowds protesting arrest of Mufti by Gujarat ATS for ‘hate speech’

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MUMBAI: At the very least two individuals had been injured when Mumbai Police resorted to gentle caning to manage an enormous crowd which protested the discharge of a Muslim preacher who was arrested by Gujarat Police in a ‘hate speech’ case, officers mentioned right here on Monday.

A workforce of Junagadh Police (Gujarat) got here toMumbai and nabbed Mufti Salman Azhari who had allegedly made an inflammatory discourse at a public occasion there on January 31.

After movies of the discourse went viral, the Junagadh Police booked two native organisers M. Yousef Malek, Azim H. Odedara and Mufti Azhari, who had reached Mumbai later after allegedly making objectionable utterances.

The Gujarat Police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) rushed to Mumbai and swooped on Azhari’s house within the japanese suburbs early on Sunday, detained him for a number of hours earlier than inserting him beneath arrest after which took him to Ghatkopar Police Station for finishing the formalities earlier than taking him to Junagadh.

Listening to of the arrest, a lot of his supporters gathered outdoors the police station, on Sunday even and the crowds saved rising by late night time, elevating slogans and demanding the quick launch of Mufti, disrupting site visitors motion for a while.

Within the wee hours on Monday (February 5), the police resorted to gentle caning to disperse the crowds by which not less than two individuals had been injured, and movies of the victims surfaced on social media.

The scenario is claimed to be beneath management and police are holding a good vigil within the neighborhood.

An alumnus of the Al Azhar Cairo College (Egypt), Mufti Salman Azhari is a Islamic scholar, Sunni preacher and YouTuber who has based a number of establishments, and lectures all around the world.

In an announcement on his official account on X, it’s mentioned that 25-30 sturdy Gujarat ATS groups got here and detained him round 11.56 a.m. (Sunday), and the motion got here after the Gujarat Police lodged a FIR primarily based on “a false allegation of hate speech by proper wing activists”.

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