“Mohammad Zubair’s tweet detrimental to communal harmony, phone formatted”: Delhi Police

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The Delhi Police have said that Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair’s 2018 tweet linking Hanuman to Honeymoon was detrimental to ‘communal harmony.’
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DCP IFSO, KPS Malhotra, told ANI, “Mohd Zubair’s objectionable tweet led to a Twitter storm with hate speeches, detrimental to communal harmony. 2 things including technical gadget & intention was important. He was evasive on both, phone was formatted. This formed grounds of arrest.”

Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday for hurting religious sentiments. He was produced before a magistrate, who sent him to one-day police custody.

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DCP Malhotra said, “If you endorse a view on social media, it becomes your view. Retweeting & saying I don’t know, doesn’t stand here. Responsibility is yours. Time does not matter, you only have to re-tweet & it becomes new. Police action was on basis of when matter came to our cognizance.”

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In 2018, Zubair had taken a still from an old Bollywood film showing a ‘Hanuman Hotel.’ In a mocking tweet, Zubair had written, “Before 2014, Honeymoon Hotel, After 2014, Hanuman Hotel.” He had used hashtag #SanskariHotel.



 

DCP Malhotra said, “If someone is booked in several cases it’s our right to question him in all. Judiciary is involved, custody given, bail not granted, there must be some substance to case. Calling it politically motivated doesn’t stand right. We’ll ask for more remand: KPS Malhotra, DCP IFSO.”

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Several media bodies in India have condemned Zubair’s arrest asking for his release.