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Loni assault case: Samajwadi Party leader Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi sent to 14-day judicial custody

India Today logo India Today 20-06-2021 Sushant Mehra
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Samajwadi Party leader Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi has been sent to 14 days' judicial custody in connection with the Loni assault case. He was arrested in Delhi on Saturday.

He was presented before the Ghaziabad court on Sunday.

A team of Ghaziabad police arrested Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi along with another person, Gulshan, near Delhi's Lok Narayan Jai Prakash Hospital on Sunday.

Searches were underway for Ummed Pahalwan in Ghaziabad who was booked by police in connection with the circulation of a "communal" video related to the assault on an elderly Muslim man.

Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar Pathak said the district police wanted Ummaid Pehelwan Idrisi to appear before it and record his statement in connection with the case,

The case against Idrisi was lodged at the Loni Border police station on Wednesday evening, a day after the Ghaziabad police booked Twitter, a news website, some journalists and opposition Congress politicians in a separate FIR over circulation of the video in which the elderly Muslim claimed attack by some young men who also "forced" him to chant "Jai Shri Ram".

Filed on the complaint of a local policeman, the FIR said Idrisi had "unnecessarily" made the video -- in which Abdul Shamad Saifi narrated his ordeal -- with an intention to "create social disharmony" and shared it through his Facebook account.

Idris was booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion, class etc), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505 (public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.

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