Sedition case: Angry Jats threaten scribes at Jassia
A day after a member of the Jat protest committee was booked for sedition on his ‘beheading’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tense atmosphere prevailed at the dharna site in Jassia village of Rohtak district.india Updated: Feb 22, 2017 12:35 IST
A day after a member of the Jat protest committee was booked for sedition on his ‘beheading’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tense atmosphere prevailed at the dharna site in Jassia village of Rohtak district.
Besides slamming PM Modi and chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in their speeches, angry protesters targeted the media for broadcasting the controversial speech.
Sombir, a resident of Jassia village, was booked under Sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 A (promoting enmity between groups) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Monday. “Agar aap kaho to hum Modi ka sar kaat denge lekin aapka sar nai jhukne denge (If you say, we will behead Modi but won’t let you down),” Sombir had announced through a microphone addressing a large gathering in the presence of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti national president Yashpal Malik during Balidan Divas on Sunday.
The police had lodged the case taking cognisance of videos and audio files shared social media. Blaming the media for showing Sombir’s speech, protesters on Tuesday gave a call to boycott all media outlets. They also abused the scribes present at the dharna site, and issued threats, forcing them to leave the venue. The protesters allegedly made similar remarks as Sombir’s and challenged cops to book them all.
AIJASS ISSUES APOLOGY
Later, AIJASS leaders, who were not present at the spot, issued an apology for Sombir’s actions and remark. “We will ensure that the dignity of the stage is maintained in future. The remark was condemnable, but an apology was issued there and then so the police didn’t have to lodge a case,” said Ashok Balhara, general secretary of the AIJASS.
The case against Sombir had come on the day the Jat body was holding a meeting with the government panel to seek withdrawal of all cases against those booked during the last year’s violent stir. Sources in the police said Sombir was named a proclaimed offender (PO) after his name came up in cases related to arson at finance minister Captain Abhimanyu’s house in February last year.
Meanwhile, a media association body condemned the hounding of journalists at Jassia and demanded the protesters be booked for issuing threats.
WHY NO ACTION AGAINST RAMDEV: CONG LEADER
Senior Congress leader and former home minister Subhash Batra on Tuesday questioned the state government for not acting on his complaint against yoga guru Ramdev for his “beheading remark” in April 2016. Ramdev, during a Sadbhawna Rally organised after the violent Jat agitation in Rohtak, had courted controversy by saying “he could behead all those refusing to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
After the police didn’t lodge a case on his complaint, Batra had moved court seeking FIR against Ramdev under sedition law. “The police booked Sombir of Jassia for sedition for his remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The move is appreciable. But why did the police not book Ramdev for a similar remark?” Batra questioned.
The Congress leader alleged Ramdev was let off because of his proximity to the BJP government in Haryana, “which has been favouring him and had appointed him as the brand ambassador of state”.
First Published: Feb 22, 2017 12:26 IST