A Kashmiri YouTuber, whose video depicting the beheading of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma had gone viral on social media platforms, was arrested right here on Saturday for breaching public tranquillity and inflicting worry in the general public, police mentioned. Faisal Wani has deleted the video and apologised for it as effectively.
Before his arrest, Wani posted one other video in which he mentioned he didn’t have any intention of injuring the feelings of individuals or any faith.
“YouTuber Faisal Wani has been arrested. He had uploaded an incriminating video on YouTube which is in opposition to public tranquillity and has prompted worry and alarm to the general public in common. The FIR has been registered underneath sections 505 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code on the Safa Kadal police station,” police mentioned.
Wani’s arrest got here after he deleted the viral video and issued an apology in a brand new video posted on his YouTube channel “Deep ache Fitness”.
“I had uploaded a video final evening about Nupur Sharma. It was a VFX video which went viral throughout India and an harmless particular person like me obtained implicated. I by no means have any intention to harm every other faith, as a result of Islam teaches us to respect different religions,” Wani mentioned in the brand new video.
He mentioned he deleted the controversial video after it went viral.
“I respect all religions. Yes, I had made that video, however I had no intention to violate something. I deleted the video final evening itself , however I apologise for it. I’m sorry,” the YouTuber mentioned in the video with folded fingers. “If anybody is damage due to this, I’m extraordinarily sorry. I had no intention to harm anybody,” he added. Describing himself as a easy particular person, Wani expressed hope that the second video would additionally go viral “in order that my apology reaches everybody”. “I’m an harmless particular person and don’t wish to be implicated,” he mentioned.
Wani’s now-deleted video posted on his channel confirmed the bare-bodied YouTuber wielding a sword and beheading a photograph of Sharma. Sharma was suspended by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whereas one other chief, Naveen Jindal, was expelled over their controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
The feedback led to an intense backlash in a number of Islamic nations and requires a boycott of Indian merchandise. There have been protests in a number of Indian cities as effectively, whereas a number of FIRs have been registered in opposition to Sharma.