Mohammed Zubair’s Post “Highly Provocative”: In a March 2018 tweet, Mr. Zubair shared a frame from noted filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1983 classic Kisi Se Na Kehna.
Fact-checker Mohammad Zubair was arrested last night over a 2018 tweet after he flagged off suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s provocative remarks on Prophet Muhammad, which sparked a controversy and prompted the ruling party to suspend him. Forced to.
The First Information Report (FIR) of Delhi Police states that the tweet by Mr Zubair, co-founder of fact-checking website Alt News, was “highly provocative and more than enough to incite a sense of hatred” among the people.
Mohammed Zubair’s Post “Highly Provocative”: In a March 2018 tweet, Mr. Zubair shared a frame from noted filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s: In a tweet, Mr Zubair shared a clip from noted filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1983 classic Kisi Se Na Kehna.
The image shows a hotel board with “Hanuman Hotel” written on it in Hindi. Paint marks show that it was earlier called ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ and that “Honeymoon” was changed to “Hanuman”. Mr Zubair wrote in the tweet, “Before 2014: Honeymoon Hotel, after 2014: Hanuman Hotel”.
Mr Zubair was accused of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity and was remanded to police custody for a day. The police sought one week’s custody but the magistrate did not grant permission.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Arun Kumar. The policeman has said that he was keeping an eye on social media when he found a tweet objecting to Mr Zubair’s tweet from a handle named ‘Hanuman Bhakt’.
“The broadcast and publication of such post has been done by Mohammad Zubair@zoo_bear through electronic media with the intention of outraging the religious sentiments of a particular community with the intention of disturbing the peace,” the FIR said.
Mohammed Zubair’s Post “Highly Provocative”: In a March 2018 tweet, Mr. Zubair shared a frame from noted filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Alt News co-founder Prateek Sinha tweeted yesterday that Mr Zubair was summoned to Delhi for questioning in a different case since 2020, in which the court has granted him protection from arrest. But he was arrested in this new case without any notice, Mr. Sinha said. Despite repeated requests, we are not being given any copy of the FIR.
The arrest sparked widespread outrage, with the opposition targeting the Delhi Police, which reports to the Union Home Ministry.
Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra said the Delhi Police is “leaning backwards to please sahabs” and drew parallels with suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, whose remarks on Prophet Muhammad had provoked protests and condemnation from several Gulf countries.
In fact, it was Mr. Zubair who first flagged Ms. Sharma’s remarks during a TV debate.
He tweeted, “@zoo_bear arrested under notice while assisting in a case where HC granted protection to him. While Ms. Fringe Sharma enjoys a life of protection for similar offenses at taxpayer’s expense,” he tweeted. He tweeted.
In another post, Ms Moitra shared a picture from the 1983 film with a post, “This is really crazy fringe.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Arresting one voice of truth will only produce a thousand more.”
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted that Alt News provides an “important service” and termed Mr Zubair’s arrest as an “attack on the truth”.