Sharjeel's hate speech led to looting of temple donation boxes and arson: UP

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NEW DELHI:

Uttar Pradesh

government on Friday told the Supreme Court that the FIR lodged by UP police against Sharjeel Imam should not be clubbed with the FIRs lodged by police in Delhi,

Manipur

,

Assam

or Arunachal Pradesh as his January 16 speech at Aligarh led to vitiate communal harmony for next two months and large scale arson, stone pelting and firing at police.
Though the SC adjourned hearing on Sahrjeel's petition seeking consolidation of all FIRs, which made his alleged speech to cutoff Assam from India with five

lakh persons

, in all five states as states of Assam, Manipur and Arunchal were granted time to put in their responses, the

Yogi Adityanath

government said the accused person's speech at Aligarh Muslim University on january 16 during an anti-CAA protest had distinct local effect and hence different from the offences that could have been committed in other states as those FIRs showed.
The state government said "subsequent to the January 16 hate speech at AMU and it becoming viral on social media platforms, there have been large scale incidents of stone pelting, arson and firing in the Aligarh district."
"On January 23, around 150-200 protesters, including AMU students, blocked the road and raised slogans of hatred. On January 31, more than 500 persons congregated, including AMU students, for an anti-CAA demonstration creating a tense situation. On February 23, more than 500-600 unknown persons pelted stones, looted donation boxes at temples, scuffled with temple priests, leading to conflict and tension," the state said in its affidavit.
"Again on February 23, more than one thousand persons in a pre-planned manner forcibly entered Kotwali Upkot and created a riotous situation by firing from illegal firearms. On February 24, a congregation raised hatred slogans and pelted stones at police and fired upon them with illegal weapons injuring several policemen and damaging public property," it said.
The UP government said consolidation of Aligarh FIR with the FIRs lodged at Delhi and other states would be fatal to the investigation into the fall out of the Sharjeel's hate speech at Aligarh and its link with subsequent events that vitiated the communal harmony and created hatred between communities.

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