UP Police arrested five persons for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans at a Samajwadi Party rally in Agra

News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday arrested five persons for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans at a Samajwadi Party rally in Agra.

Agra city Superintendent Botre Rohan Pramod said “So far, five people have been taken into police custody and anyone else found guilty in the case will be strictly prosecuted. Further investigation is underway”

“They have been booked under Sections 147 (rioting), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection), 153 B (assertions against national integration), 505 (2)(creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant Sections of the Epidemic Act” the officer said.

On Thursday, Samajwadi Party’s Agra unit president Wajid Nisar led a demonstration against the rising inflation. A viral video of the rally shows slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ being raised amid party slogans. The authenticity of the video is yet to be verified by the police.

After the incident of slogan-shouting came to light, Wajid Nisar distanced himself and party workers from the controversy, claiming those who raised pro-Pakistan slogans were not SP members.

Moreover, Wajid Nisar himself approached SP Botre Rohan Pramod on Friday and presented him with a memorandum, requesting strict action against the people involved in shouting pro-Pakistan slogans. He told the police that the accused persons had merely dressed up like Samajwadi Party workers and entered the protest march, shouting pro-Pakistan slogans.

Wajid Nisar claimed that a man named Pankaj Singh and his associates were seen raising slogans at the rally. Neither Pankaj Singh nor his associates have any relation with the Samajwadi Party, he claimed.

Pankaj Singh is among the five persons who have been taken into custody by the police. He has denied any involvement in the shouting of slogans.