Dasna Devi Mandir Mahant Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati has been booked for allegedly ‘inciting hate’ in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh on Monday night. Swami Saraswati had visited Kamlesh Tiwari’s grieving family and allegedly, delivered a 2-minute speech that ‘incited hate’ against the Muslim community after Kamlesh Tiwari was brutally slain by Islamists for speaking against the Prophet of Islam.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the station house officer (SHO) of Mahmoodabad police station in Sitapur Arun Kumar said, “Saraswati and his followers met the family members of Kamlesh Tiwari in the afternoon. After that, he gave a speech which was very inciting and its video was also posted on social media”.
Several people on social media had tagged the Uttar Pradesh police to the video and demanded action against the Mahant. Among those who demanded action, many were Islamists who regularly threaten and mock Hindus and some others who thought the 2-minute speech by the Mahant could inflame passions. Another person who demanded action against the Mahant was a prominent BJYM functionary, Amrita Bhinder.
According to the report, Dasna Devi Mandir Mahant Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati has been booked by the police under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) for his speech after meeting family of Kamlesh Tiwari.
Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati is the Mahant of Dasna Devi Mandir in Gaziabad and he had met the family of Kamlesh Tiwari after his murder. He is widely accepted as a revered figure. Earlier in September 2019, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati had ensured that a fight between the Yadav and Gujjar communities from Ghaziabad was resolved.
The clashes between the two communities had broken out and lasted for weeks over a road rage incident till Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati stepped in. In the video, Swami Saraswati is seen pleading with both the communities to stop fighting. He says that Gujjars and Yadavs are like two arms of the same mother, the two sons of the same mother and them fighting will only help other communities to annihilate Hindus.
He says he is willing to touch the feet of anyone and plead with anyone to stop the fight. He also says that the few elements who start such fights are sold out to other communities who want Gujjars and Yadavs to fight so other communities benefit. He goes a step further and says that if that would assuage the anger, he will to suffer two gunshots from the Gujjars and Yadavs respectively but they should stop fighting. In the video, then the representatives of both the communities can be seen urging punishment for the ones who fought and vow to end the enmity that had lasted for weeks.
Mahant Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati also got threats from Saudi Arabia in 2015 for his activism and fight for Hindu rights. In a 3-minute conversation, the man from Saudi Arabia and abused the Mahant and threatened him with his life.