Navjot Sidhu's Principal Strategic Advisor Mustafa Booked For 'Communal' Remarks

Mohammad Mustafa, the previous Punjab DGP, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly uttering communal statements at a public assembly in Malerkotla, officials claimed.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, the state Congress chairman, has Mustafa as his primary strategic counsellor.

The Complaint was filed one day after a videotape of him uttering the accused comments went viral on social media. Malerkotla,  Ravjot Kaur Grewal, Senior Superintendent of Police, informed PTI over the telephone that a Complaint has been filed under IPC Section 125 and Section 153-A of the Representation of the People Act.

According to the allegations, Mustafa was charged with inciting hatred between different groups based on religion, race, and other identifying markers to achieve an electoral advantage.

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The Complaint was filed when a policeman in Malerkotla filed a report. Mustafa is the spouse of Razia Sultana, who is the cabinet minister of Punjab, who is running for the Congress in Punjab's Malerkotla assembly constituency, which has a Majority Muslim.

The Bharatiya Janata party charged the retired Punjab IPS officer with making divisive statements about Hindus during a public meeting on Saturday. Mustafa has refuted the accusation, claiming that he has never utilized the Hindu term.

He stated he only went after the Aam Aadmi Party activists after a few of them allegedly tracked him down and attempted to manhandle him.

On Saturday, Bharatiya Janata party officials Sambit Patra and Shazia Ilmi released a video of Mustafa expressing the alleged comments on their Twitter accounts. Mustafa claimed he had gone to a neighbouring function of some Congress workers and cautioned the Aam Aadmi Party workers, who also were Muslim.

He claimed that he utilized the term fitno, which means mischief-makers, to describe AAP workers from the Muslim population, and that there was no need to caution Hindus.

Mustafa remarked in a tweet that the incident in Malerkotla, which is the subject of the video footage, had no Hindu Muslim component. It was a completely mischievously instigated verbal eruption by Jhaduwalas, mainly Muslims.

In another tweet, he slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party, claiming that his nationalist qualities were better than the parties.

He added that their planned branding would not succeed on Mustafa since he has a lengthy background of fighting opposing enemies of India and violators of communal peace in the state, which is far better than theirs.

Raghav Chadha, the head of the Aam Aadmi Party, also chastised Mustafa for his comments, alleging that Congress was attempting to destabilise the state's environment in advance of the state assembly elections.

The Bharatiya Janata party played the alleged video recording at a media briefing on Saturday.

According to the video, he said at a session on the 20th of January that he swore by Allah that he would not permit them to conduct any function. He is indeed a kaumi fauji or community soldier; he is not a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh agent who might flee the house in a panic.

He swore to Allah that if they tried to do it again, he would whip them in their houses.

Mustafa's words had also enraged Bharatiya Janata party general secretary Tarun Chugh, who urged that organization leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi clarify their positions on the topic.

Mustafa was charged by Chugh with attempting to incite communal enmity in Punjab.