Karni Sena leader threatens to kill pregnant Muslim women; arrested

UP Police have arrested Karni Sena leader Thakur Shekhar Chauhan on 9 June after a video of him making objectionable remarks about Muslim women went viral on Twitter.

Ghaziabad: The UP police on June 9 arrested Karni Sena leader Thakur Sekhar Chauhan after he threatened to kill pregnant Muslim women and their babies in a video that is going viral on social media.

Thakur, who introduces himself as the chief of the Uttar Pradesh Karni Sena, claims that he was sent there by Surajpal Amu, national chief of the Karni Sena. The Ghaziabad police had registered a case in connection with the incident after the social media outrage.

Though the video is allegedly two months old, it is only after the recent social media outrage that the police have taken cognizance of the matter.

Hours later after the video went viral, the police took note of the video. The same day, Ghaziabad police tweeted, “Through social media we got to know about offensive remarks being made by a young man in a video. In connection with the incident, a case was registered on the police station Masuri as per rules. Today on 9 June the accused man Shekhar Chauhan was identified, arrested and legal action is being taken.”

Karni Sena was in limelight recently with its national chief Surajpal Amu’s recent hate campaign against Muslims. In a meeting of a large gathering in Haryana, he was seen endorsing the lynching of a Muslim man – Asif Khan. Asif was lynched by a mob in Haryana’s Mewat, when he was returning home after buying medicines.

Hate crimes against Muslims continue to increase in the country.  Instigators and perpetrators of such crimes seldom face any serious consequences for their actions. 

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