Four Muslim men over Garba dance event, is it love jihad

Indore: The administration on Tuesday released four Muslim youths who were sent to jail after a preventive arrest from a Garba program of a private college following the uproar by Bajrang Dal over the so-called 'love jihad' in Indore on a surety of Rs 50,000 each. However, the families of the youths have raised questions on the arrest of all these youths, saying that two of them were students of this college and were handling the arrangements for the Garba program as volunteers.

The youth was sent to the local jail

An administration official said that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Parag Jain ordered the release of Adnan Shah, Mohammad Umar, Abdul Qadir and Syed Saqib from jail on a bond of Rs 50,000 each. He said that these youths in the age group of 20 to 25 years were arrested on Sunday night from the Garba program of a private college in Gandhi Nagar area under Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC) (precautionary arrest to prevent the commission of a cognizable offence). Were arrested and sent to a local jail on Monday.

The relatives of the youths reached the District Magistrate's office on Tuesday and completed the bail formalities in the SDM court. Among them, Abdul Hameed Shah said, 'the college whose Garba program led to my son Adnan Shah being detained on Sunday night, he is doing B.A. in the same college. com.  He is a second-year student. He was handling the lighting and sound arrangements in the Garba program as a volunteer. She showed Adnan Shah's student identity card issued by the college and pass for the Garba program.

On what basis was my son arrested and sent to jail?

Hameed Shah said, 'I want to ask the police and administration that on what basis my son was arrested and sent to jail under section 151 of CrPC? We think it was done because of political pressure. When asked about this, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Prashant Choubey said that he was arrested under section 151 of CrPC as a precautionary measure after Muslim youths had a dispute with some people present at the Garba event.

Relatives raised questions on the arrest of the youths, Abdul Qadir's elder brother Abdul Aleem, who was among the arrested youths, said, 'My younger brother is doing B. Com is studying in second year. He was handling the arrangements for the Garba program on behalf of the college. Eyewitnesses claimed that the Bajrang Dal activists had created a ruckus on Sunday night objecting to the presence of several members of the Muslim community at the private college's Garba event, following which the police took the four youths present at the event to the regional police station.

In a complaint lodged with Gandhi Nagar police station, local convenor of Bajrang Dal, Tarun Deora, has alleged that the administration allowed the private college to invite-only 800 students to the Garba event. But the college management converted it into a commercial event, sold tickets and invited 2,000 to 3,000 people. Deora has also alleged in his complaint that 'love jihad' was promoted by inviting a large number of Muslim youths to the Garba program of the college on the holy festival of Navratri.

The case has already been registered

Officials said that on the complaint of the Bajrang Dal, a case has already been registered against Akshay Tiwari of the college management under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (not obeying the order of any government officer).  

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