Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested the singer, who boasted about Hindutva pride and threatened to send Muslims to qabristan (graveyard) if they refused to chant Jai Shri Ram slogans. Police have arrested four people including the singer Varun Upadhyay alias Varun Bahar, the owner of the YouTube channel, where the controversial song was uploaded, Rajesh Kumar Verma, Santosh Kumar Yadav and Mukesh Pandey, who penned the lyrics.
The video had gone viral on social media evoking widespread outrage. The song threatened to send Muslims to the graveyard if they refused to chant the new war cry Jai Shri Ram by invoking the name of the Hindu God Ram.
The outrage against the song prompted the cyber cell of the Lucknow Police to dig deeper into the controversy. A senior officer of the Lucknow Police said that the four people were taken into police custody and booked under sections 153A/298 IPC of the IPC.
YouTubeचैनल पर हेट-सांग(आपत्तिजनक भड़काऊ गाना)अपलोड करने वाला व्यक्ति,गीत लेखक व गायक को @lkopolice @crimebranchlko द्वारा मुकदमा 153A/298 IPCदर्ज कर हिरासत मे लेकर पूछताछ जारी।जनता से अपील,न करे सोशल मीडिया का दुरूपयोग।@Uppolice @aajtak @ABPNews @DelhiPolice @ANI @MumbaiPolice pic.twitter.com/C6QOQnUbE2
— LUCKNOW POLICE (@lkopolice) July 26, 2019
The owner of the YouTube channel and two lyricists are believed to the residents of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, while the singer hails from Lucknow.
SSP Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said that further investigations were underway and his team were ascertaining if the group’s YouTube channel contained more hate videos targeting a particular community.
Killing Muslims after forcing them to chant Jai Shri Ram has become a new fashion of Hindutva zealots in India. Not too long ago, a Muslim youth Tabrez Ansari was lynched to death in Jharkhand. On Friday, a video of a Jharkhand minister CP Singh intimidating a Congress member of the assembly, Irfan Ansari, to chant Jai Shri Ram in front of reporters had gone viral.