Right-wing activist Kajal Hindustani was arrested on Sunday in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district for allegedly delivering a “hate speech” on Ram Navami that triggered communal clashes in Una town on April 1.
Hindustani surrendered before the police in Una on Sunday morning following which she was arrested and produced before a court which remanded her to judicial custody.
Hindustani, who identifies herself as an entrepreneur, research analyst, social activist, nationalist, and a “proud Indian” on her Twitter bio and has more than 92,000 followers including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She is a regular at events organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against Hindustani under section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code on April 2, two days after she allegedly delivered a provocative speech at a Hindu community congregation organised by the VHP on Ram Navami on March 30.
Communal tension prevailed in Una for two days after Hindustani’s speech which resulted in a clash between two communities and the pelting of stones on April 1 night, police said. Following the unrest, police registered an FIR against a mob and arrested more than 80 people, most of them from a minority community, for rioting.
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