On Eid celebration at Nasriganj in Rohtas district of Bihar 8 people including 5 minors (aged between 14-17), were booked for sedition allegedly for dancing on “pro-jihad” songs.
The incident took place on June 15 night when over 100 people took out a religious procession in Nasriganj locality. The FIR was lodged on June 17 at the Nasriganj police station.
The local Nasriganj police said,”Eight named persons, including five minors and the organizers of the procession, and 20 unidentified were booked in the case…eight, including five minors, were later arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including, 143, 124(A), 153(A) and 295(A)”
According to the FIR, Chandan Thathera had shot the video of the procession & later handed it over to local leader Manoj Bajrangi, who gave that video clip to the police.
Rohtas Superintendent of police, Satyaveer Singh said,”The police took action after a video of the function surfaced..the police have sent the video for FSL test.”
Local people said that the organizer of the procession also had arranged a musical van playing songs on which several youths, including those five minors, were dancing to the tune.
“Suddenly a pro-jihadi song was played and the unaware youths and young boys continued with their dance,” said a local resident.
Later, when the police lodged a complaint the minor boys came to know that they had danced to the tune of a “pro-jihadi” song and have committed a wrong, said the villager.
Meanwhile, a group of residents of Nasriganj have appealed to the local police to probe the case from every aspect and release the minor boys caught unaware to the controversial song.