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After clip goes viral, Punjab cops book Sidhu aide for hate speech

The Times of India logo The Times of India 23-01-2022 Bharat Khanna
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PATIALA: A day after controversy intensified about a viral video of former IPS officer Mohammad Mustafa over his alleged remarks on a community and threats to AAP workers, Malerkotla Police on Sunday booked him for promoting disharmony, enmity and hatred between different groups on grounds of religion and race.

Mustafa, an adviser of Punjab PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu who had served as a DGP rank officer in the state, is Congress’s Malerkotla seat candidate and Cabinet minister Razia Sultana’s husband. The case against Mustafa has been registered at Malerkotla City 1 police station under sections 153 A of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion race, place of birth or residence) and section 125 of The Representation of Peoples Act (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election). SHO City 1 Malerkotla Harjinder Singh said the case was registered based on the video. The FIR stated that in the video, Mustafa, in all hatred, is seen addressing the gathering of Congress workers and the same can promote enmity between two groups. The police is probing video’s authencity. Malerkotla SSP Ravjot Kaur said, “Teams formed to carry out further further proceedings, including Mustafa’s arrest”. Mustafa was served notice by the returning officer of Malerkotla on Friday after the rival party candidate of AAP Jamil Ur Rehman had lodged a complaint with the election officials in this matter.

Rehman had claimed that Mustafa, having a habit of playing communal card, on Thursday late evening while campaigning for his wife and had targeted a particular community and threatened AAP workers saying that he would beat them with a broom (also AAP election symbol) in their homes.

Jasbir Singh, Malerkotla returning officer, said, “Mustafa was served notice regarding that viral video clip on which he had replied and asked to provide him the CD of the video clip”. Mustafa and Sultana could not be contacted for comments.

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