An spokesperson confirmed on Sunday that a squad of Rajasthan Police is in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida to arrest TV journalist Aman Chopra for allegedly inciting hatred between different groups and hurting religious sentiments.
According to the Dungarpur Kotwali police station, a man filed a FIR against Mr Chopra, alleging that the journalist provided false and fictitious information by claiming that the Rajasthan government demolished a temple in Rajgarh, Alwar district, as retaliation for the demolition drive in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri.
On April 23, three FIRs were filed against Mr Chopra in the districts of Bundi, Alwar, and Dungarpur, alleging sedition, outraging religious sentiments, promoting enmity between two groups, and violating the IT Act.
Mr Chopra was granted a stay of arrest by the Rajasthan High Court in two FIRs filed against him in Bundi and Alwar districts, but is now facing an arrest warrant in Dungarpur district, according to police.
Sudhir Joshi, the SP of Dungarpur, informed PTI that “Our team is camping in Noida and searching all possible locations to trace him. Yesterday also our team went to Chopra’s house but he was not found there and his residence was locked.” He claims the high court ruling doesn’t mention the FIR filed in Dungarpur and grants a stay on FIRs filed in Bundi and Alwar districts.
When asked about the Noida police’s involvement in the case, Mr Joshi stated, “Our team was stopped and asked to come to a local police station before directly acting on the arrest warrant. We cannot say that it is full cooperation.” He claimed that the Noida Police Department had already been informed of the case details and that this was the second time the police team had gone to apprehend him.