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AltNews cofounder Mohammed Zubair arrested for alleged hurting of religious sentiments

AltNews cofounder Mohammed Zubair arrested for alleged hurting of religious sentiments

New Delhi: Delhi Police arrested journalist and AltNews cofounder Mohammad Zubair on Monday for the alleged religious hurting of religious sentiments, PTI reported.

Asian News International, citing Delhi Police, reported that the case registered against him was based on a post by a Twitter handle by the name of Mohammed Zubair, which went "Before 2014: Honeymoon Hotel. After 2014: Hanuman Hotel". But the tweet was posted in 2018.

NDTV quoted AltNews cofounder Pratik Sinha, "No FIR copy is being given to us despite repeated requests." He told the news channel that Zubair was called for questioning in a different case, and no mandatory notice was given for the arrest.

K P S Malhotra, DCP (Cyber Crime), said that a case was registered against Zubair earlier under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language etc.) and 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.

He said that Zubair joined the probe on Monday, and the arrest was registered after sufficient evidence was gathered on record. The journalist has been produced before a magistrate to get a police remand, Malhotra added.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor condemned the arrest, saying it was an assault on truth. He demanded Zubair's release. Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh alleged that the Delhi police is taking vengeance for AltNews, exposing the Union government's bogus claims.

Activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan was angry over the arrest, reports NDTV and quoted him that the Centre is hunting those who expose hate speech.
AltNews is a non-profit fact-checking portal and one of the most prominent among its kind. Founded in 2017, its founders were being bullied and belittled online as well as hunted by the right-wing groups for years.

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