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Why Police Arrested Mohammed Zubair (Alt News Founder)?

Mohammad Zubair Arrest

Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of fact-cheking website Alt News has been arrested by Delhi Police on 27th June, 2022 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus and promoting enmity.

What is the Entire Matter?

The police said that they had lodged an FIR against Mohammed Zubair, based on a complaint registered by a twitter handle @balajikijaiin this month. The man who filed case against Zubair said that he had tweeted a questionable image and deliberately in salt the god of a particular religion. The tweet was posted by Zubair in March 2018.

The case against him was registered under Section 153A (promoting enmity between two groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language etc.) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.

About Mohammed Zubair

Mohammad Zubair is a former telecom engineer form the Southern IT hub of Bengaluru who along with Pratik Sinha, a  software engineer from Ahmedabad, Gujarat founded the fact-checking website Alt News in 2017.

Zubair is the person who highlighted the comment made by the suspended Bhartiya Janta Party leader Nupur Sharma against Prophet Muhammad on a TV debate, which led to an outrage and harsh criticism of Indian government from many Muslim countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and many others.

Following the incident, all the host countries summoned the Indian envoys in their respective countries and sought apology from the Government of India. Our country also witnessed mass protest seeking arrest and punishment for Nupur Sharma for her remark against the Prophet.

Here are the tweets of Zubair from 2018 that have been circulating on social media, one user find his Hanuman Joke post from Bollywood movie ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)’:

Opposition Party Leaders’ Reaction on Zubair’s Arrest

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condemn the arrest of Zubair and criticised the BJP Government  on his tweet, said “Truth always triumphs over tyranny”.

Another senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called the arrest of Zubair as an “assault on truth”.

Congress MP Jayaram Ramesh also reacted on this matter. Have a look:

Alt news co-founder Pratik Sinha’s reaction on Zubair’s arrest:

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