SIT formed to investigate the case

Haridwar: Garhwal Deputy Inspector General Karan Singh Nagnyal said on Sunday that a five-member Special Investigative Team (SIT) had been formed to investigate the hate speech case in Haridwar.

He also said the team will be led by an SP level officer.

On Saturday, two more names – Yati Narasimhanand, Sindhu Sagar – were added to the FIR filed as part of the recent Sansad Dharma in Haridwar, where hate speech was reportedly made against Muslims.

Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code (destruction, damage to a place of worship or to an object held sacred) has also been added to the FIR with the exception of section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups for reasons of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language).

Haridwar circle officer Shekhar Suyal told PTI that the names of Dasna temple priest in Ghaziabad, Yati Narasimhanand, who was the event organizer, and seer Sindhu Sagar have been added to FIR .
Extremely provocative speeches inciting violence against Muslims were reportedly made by participants in the event which was held at the Ved Niketan Dham in Haridwar for three days from December 16 to 19.

However, the official declined to explain why the new section was added to the FIR, saying it was part of the investigation that cannot be shared over the phone.

The addition of two new names in the FIR brings the number of people reserved in the case so far to five – the other being Waseem Rizvi aka Jitendra Tyagi, Sadhvi Annapurna, Dharamdas, Yati Narasimhanand and Sindhu Sagar.

Yati Narasimhanand, the controversial Dasna temple priest, has so far been out of scope.

With contributions from agencies

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