PATNA: Eight people, including five minors, were arrested in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Monday on charge of playing a pro-Pakistan song during an event organised on the eve of Eid.
The song blaring from a loudspeaker during a DJ party at the Eid celebration at Nasirganj allegedly praised Pakistan and threatened to kill anyone opposing the Islamic nation. Some youths participating at the event also allegedly raised slogans in praise of Pakistan and a certain terrorist outfit.
“After a video clip of the event went viral on the social media, we began a probe to ascertain the location and time of the event. It was found that the incident took place at Nasirganj on the eve of Eid,” said Rohtas SP Satyaveer Singh.
Demands had poured in from various sections for action against the people who organised the event. With the video clip circulating for two days, there was also a fear about a communal flare-up in the district like those seen in many parts of Bihar during Ram Navmi.
An FIR was lodged and three people – main accused Raja Khan, DJ player Ashish Kumar and vehicle driver Mukesh Kumar – were arrested and sent to judicial custody. Five friends of Khan who allegedly indulged in the objectionable acts were picked up after a raid. The five being aged between 14 and 17, they were sent to the district juvenile justice board.
Sources said police are conducting raids to arrest some 15 other people who played key roles in organising the event. Police believe many youths who attended the event were familiar with the pro-Pakistan song “Hum Pakistani muzahid, dharti ke rakhwale,” which was played.
While sources said the song was downloaded from YouTube, a police official said the ongoing probe points that many local youths had been familiar with several anti-national songs and played them at get-togethers.