DU professor arrested over social media post on claimed Shivling in Gyanvapi mosque

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Prof Ratan Lal

Delhi Police have arrested Delhi University professor Ratan Lal in connection with his social media post on claimed Shivling found inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi during a video survey.

Lal was placed under arrest on Friday night by the Civil Lines Police. On 18 May, the police had registered an FIR against Lal over his post.

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“A complaint was received against one Ratan Lal, Prof of History at Hindu College, DU, regarding a deliberate and malicious post on FB intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting a religion or religious beliefs,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Sagar Singh Kalsi said.

He said that a legal action has been initiated in this regard and the police have registered a case under sections 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 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 at the Cyber Police station north district.

The DU professor had allegedly posted derogatory content along with the latest picture of Shivling that was found at the Gyanvapi mosque.

The complainant, a Delhi-based advocate, Vineet Jindal, had written to the Delhi Police over the “instigating and provoking statement”.

–IANS, edited.

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