On Thursday, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police reportedly booked Zafarul Islam, Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, for sedition (IPC Section 124A) and promoting religious animosity (IPC Section 153A). An FIR was registered against Zafarul, based on a complaint by a Vasant Kunj resident who accused him of creating disharmony and rift in society through his contentious comments. “I have not seen the FIR. I will comment only when I see it or know about it,” Zafarul Islam was quoted as saying.
Islam Khan posed a highly venomous statement on Facebook that aimed at triggering communal frenzy, thanking Kuwait for “standing with the Indian Muslims”. He referred Hindus in his post as “Hindutva bigots”, and expressed his euphoria over the Hinduphobia in West Asia, that was created by fake social media campaigns.
“Mind you, bigots, Indian Muslims have opted until now not to complain to the Arab and Muslim world about your hate campaigns and lynchings and riots. The day they are pushed to do that, bigots will face an avalanche,” the Islamist bigot concluded his letter, serving a stern warning against Hindus.
Zafaraul Islam apologises
On May 1, Islam tendered an apology, saying that his tweet was “ill-timed” and “insensitive” in light of the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak. While apologising, he claimed that the matter was blown “out of proportion.” He accused the media of fabricating and distorting his statements.
In a video message earlier, the National Commission of Minorities Chairman Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi stated, “National minorities Commission condemns the statements made by Zafarul Islam which are divisive in nature. Zafarul Islam should not have forgotten that people of all religions have been living in harmony for centuries and have faced all calamities together.”