62 booked for raising pro-Pakistan slogans at rally in Jharkhand

India: At least, 62 people, including a newly elected panchayat samiti member, have been booked by Indian police for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans in the Indian state of Jharkhand.

These people were booked by Indian police on raising pro-Pakistan slogans at a panchayat poll victory procession in Hazaribag district of the state, a senior police officer said.

A video clip of the procession outside Bazar Samiti, where several people were heard shouting ‘Pakistan zindabad’, went viral on social media, following which the police swung into action and registered a case in the matter, Hazaribag superintendent of police Manoj Ratan Chothe said.

No arrest has been made so far as the police are still verifying the authenticity of the clip, Chothe explained.

Local leader Amina Khatoon’s victory in the first phase of panchayat elections prompted her supporters to take out a rally on Saturday from Shiladih in Barkatha block, he said.

“An FIR has been lodged against 12 named people, including the newly elected panchayat samiti member of Shiladih, and 50 unknown persons. The team is working to ascertain the truth behind the viral video. If it is found to be authentic, strong action will be taken against everyone,” the SP added.

This was the second such incident reported amid the four-phase panchayat polls.

On April 21, a candidate for the post of gram panchayat head in a village of Giridih district, along with two of his supporters, was arrested for allegedly raising similar pro-Pakistan slogans, as he was on his way to file nomination for the election.

Two phases of the elections have been conducted, while polling for the third and fourth phases will be held on May 24 and May 27 respectively. Results for the first phase of polls were declared last week.