New Delhi: Muhammad Zubair of Alt News have been arrested by the Delhi Police on the charges of promoting enmity and insulting religious beliefs. Zubair was booked under sections 153A (promotion of enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) and 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Delhi Police said. According to police, a complaint was received against the co-founder through Twitter regarding a tweet by Zubair.
Pratik Sinha, co-founder took to Twitter and said, “He was called by special cell, Delhi for investigation in a 2020 case for which he already had a protection against arrest from High Court. However, today at around 6.45 pm we were told he has been arrested in some other FIR for which no notice was given which is mandatory under law for the Sessions under which he has been arrested. No FIR copy is being given to us despite repeated requests.”
Pratik Sinha in another tweet said, “After the medical examination, Zubair is being taken to an undisclosed location. Neither Zubair’s lawyers or I are being told where. We are in the police van with him. No police person is wearing any name tag.”
Srinivas BV of the Congress have expressed dismay on the arrest of Muhammad Zubair. He tweeted, “Those who are ‘rioters’ are roaming freely even today, those who are raising their voice are getting arrested. This is Modi’s India, where raising voice is the biggest crime.”
Supriya Srinate, the national spokesperson of the Congress have said, “How coward are you Modi ji and Amit Shah ji? to expose your lies AltNews of Zubair. By arresting him you have once again proved your cowardice. The work that the journalists who have become your magnets should have done – #zubair is doing it continuously – the arrest is completely wrong.”