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Indian ruling party leader arrested for posting anti-Muslim comments

Indian ruling party leader arrested for posting anti-Muslim comments

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Indian police arrest Harshit Srivastava after insulting comments to the Prophet Muhammad on social media

Police in northern India have arrested a young leader of the ruling Hindu Nationalist Party for posting anti-Muslim comments on social media.

This comes in the wake of insulting comments made to the Prophet Muhammad by another official in the same party, which sparked a wave of diplomatic outrage internationally.

On Wednesday, officials said Harshit Srivastava, a young BJP leader, was arrested in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, following sectarian tensions last week during a demonstration by Muslims protesting against comments offensive to Islam.

“We have arrested the local politician for making anti-Muslim comments,” senior police official Prashant Kumar said, adding that at least 50 people had been detained in connection with the tension in Kanpur.