Hyderabad: The Hyderabad City Police on Sunday registered a First Information Report(FIR) against Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, head priest of Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by his inflammatory comments on the Prophet Muhammad.

A video of Narsinghanand Saraswati speaking at the Press Club of India in Delhi where he can be seen abusing Prophet Muhammad went viral on Friday.

The police have registered the case under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.

The FIR was filed in Humayun Nagar police station after All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) Nampally legislator Jafar Hussain Meraj filed a complaint.

"After the instruction from Asaduddin Owaisi, I have filed the complaint. The complaint is lodged against the person for hurting the sentiment of Muslims around the world. He has provoked violence against Muslims inside the Press Club of India," said Jafar Hussain Meraj.

He also added that the priest of Dasna Temple is a criminal and he should be treated as such. "He is the same person under whose temple a Muslim kid went to drink water and was thrashed later by his follower," said Jafar Hussain Meraj.

On Saturday, Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that insulting the prophet is unacceptable. "Can these criminals acting as religious teachers get over their unnatural fixation with Islam? For something that you do not like, you do spend a lot of time on it. I'm sure there's enough in your own belief system that you can discuss," tweeted the MP.

Also on Saturday, after the complaint from Aam Aadmi Party MLA and chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board Amanatullah Khan, Delhi police filed an FIR against Narsinghanand Saraswati at the Jamia Nagar police station under sections 153A and 295A of IPC.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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