Delhi Police has arrested an associate professor of Delhi University last night over a controversial social media post about a ‘Shivling’ found inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque complex, police said.
Police said Ratan Lal. an accused of promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and committing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. He was arrested by officers of north Delhi’s Cyber Police Station.
The FIR against the professor was registered Tuesday night following a police complaint by a Delhi-based lawyer. In his complaint, advocate Vineet Jindal said Lal had recently shared a “derogatory, inciting and provocative tweet on the Shivling”.
Soon after the arrest, various student union and activists held protest demanding his release.
Professor Ratan Lal has been arrested for his social media post about #GyanvapiMosque and shivling. He teaches history in one of India’s foremost institutions, Hindu College.— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) May 20, 2022
Shows you how the Left has hardcoded #Hinduphobia and hatred towards our civilisation into academia. pic.twitter.com/Qm0FU0busp