Hazaribag, May 22: Police booked 62 people including a newly elected Panchayat Samiti member, on Sunday for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans at a panchayat poll victory procession in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag district.
Hazaribag Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Ratan Chothe said they have been booked after a video clip of the procession outside Bazar Samiti, where several people were heard shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, went viral on social media.
In the video a group of people could be heard raising the pro-Pakistan slogan. The police took cognizance and registered a case. A team is working to ascertain the truth behind the viral video. If it is found to be authentic, strong action will be taken against everyone, Chothe said, adding that ‘no arrest’ has been made as of yet.
The supporters of local leader Amina Khatoon had taken out a procession to celebrate her victory in the recent panchayat polls when the alleged incident took place. The police have booked a case against 12 identified and 50 unidentified people.
This is the second such incident in the four-phase elections. On April 21, a candidate in Giridih and his two supporters were arrested for raising pro-Pakistan slogans.