The Varanasi police Friday arrested four persons after a video surfaced on social media purportedly showing a Nepalese citizen, whose head was tonsured and ‘Jai Shri Ram” inscribed on it, being forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and slogans against Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.
In the video, the unidentified man is seen sitting near a river and purportedly being forced to shout slogans against Nepal and its PM Oli. He is also made to praise India for providing “livelihood opportunities to Nepal nationals.”
Now in a recent development, Varanasi SSP has said that he was paid for the act and is a registered voter of Varanasi and not s Nepali.
“The man in the video is a registered voter of Varanasi (and not Neplai) and his parents used to work in Jal Sansthan. He was given Rs 1000 to play his part,” says Varanasi SSP Amit Pathak.
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Varanasi SSP Amit Pathak on a man tonsured and forced chant anti-Nepal slogans: The man in the video is a registered voter of Varanasi (and not Neplai) and his parents used to work in Jal Sansthan. He was given Rs 1000 to play his part. pic.twitter.com/FFf06CvzqJ
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Earlier, sources said the Nepal embassy had raised the issue with Indian authorities, at the state and central levels after the video went viral on social media.
A statement issued by UP DGP’s office said instructions were issued to senior policemen in Varanasi to take strict action.