ISLAMABAD: The Indian police have detained a state lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party on Tuesday on suspicion of “promoting enmity in the name of religion” after Muslim groups demanded his arrest for his comments about Prophet Mohammad (SAAW).
A few months after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) removed a spokesperson for comments she made about the Prophet (SAAW) that sparked a diplomatic backlash against India, T Raja Singh, a politician in the southern state of Telangana, was detained.
He has been accused of inciting hatred in the name of religion, according to Joel Davis, a top police official in Hyderabad.
“He is being held, and he will be arrested. This relates to the most recent video he posted.”
The BJP MP posted a video online that featured insults to the Prophet (SAAW).
Singh was unavailable for comment.
According to party spokesperson K Krishna Rao, the Hindu nationalist BJP will look into Singh’s comments and take appropriate measures if it was determined that he had broken its code.
After the video surfaced on social media on Monday night, hundreds of Muslims demonstrated against Singh, according to television footage.