New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh police have booked a shopkeeper in Bareilly for playing ‘Pakistan Zinadabad’ song at his shop, sparking anger & outrage on social media.
The incident happened in Singhai Kalan village of Bhuta Police Station area in Bareilly. It came to light after video of shopkeeper playing ‘Pakistan Zinadabad’ song went viral on social media. In the viral video, two people could be seen smiling & remained unbothered despite complaints by other people.
According to reports, the shopkeeper was confronted by some men and told to stop the offensive song but in spite of relenting, he amplified it. Police have lodged case against two people in the case.
“Police said that the accused are being interrogated and appropriate action will be taken for the offence,” Bareilly SP Rajkumar Agarwal said.
However, his mother told media that he was uneducated and must have had some error of judgement.
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“My younger son played religious songs on his mobile phone. He didn’t know there were such slogans also in the phone. We never play such songs. I request the police to release him,” the accused shopkeeper’s mother said.
Not first incident of Pakistan Zindabad
This is not the first incident when such slogans of Pakistan Zindabad have echoed in the state. In past instances, three people in Noida were arrested for raising Pakistan Zindabad slogans during a religious procession. The outrageous incident took place during a procession on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. The youth were seen raising Pakistan Zindabad slogans and identified after their videos surfaced on social media.
Three culprits, caught for anti-national activity, were identified as Mohammad Zafar, Samir Ali and Ali Raza.