Pd act invoked against T.Raja Singh Lodh @ Raju Singh @ Raja Singh, s/o T.Nagal Singh, MLA, Goshamahal constituency and rowdy sheeter of Mangalhat police station, West zone, Hyderabad. T. Raja Singh Lodh @ Raju Singh @ Raja Singh, s/o T.Naval Singh, aged about 45 years, Caste Lodha (BC), Member of Legislative Assembly, Goshamahal Assembly Constituency, r/o Aramghar Colony, Mangalhat, Hyderabad and the rowdy sheeter of Mangalhat Police Station has been detained under Act No.1 of 1986 on 25.8.2022 i.e. P.D Act as per the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City. The detenu T. Raja Singh Lodh has been habitually delivering provocative and inflammatory speeches and driving a wedge between communities leading to public disorder. The proposed detenu Raja Singh has posted online an offensive video on 22nd August, 2022 on “Shree Ram Channel, Telangana” with the title “Faruqui K Aaka Itihaas Suniye” on YouTube against the Prophet Mohammed, who is venerated by the Muslim community with an intention to provoke all sections of people and thereby cause breach of peace and public tranquillity. The proposed detenu commented very blasphemously against Prophet Mohammed and his lifestyle.
The electronic media representatives assembled at his residence while he was taken into custody on 23-8-2022 and he once again reiterated that the police are making efforts for removal of his speech from the YouTube, but that will not deter him from posting his further speeches and videos on this issue and shortly he will be posting further speeches on YouTube. Any venomous hate speech has the potential of provoking individuals to commit acts of riot, indiscriminate violence, terrorism, etc. Offensive speech has real and devastating effects on people’s lives and risks their health and safety and severely affects fraternity, dignity of individuals, unity and national integration and also offends the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.
When the video went viral, protests have erupted in different parts of Hyderabad City and other parts of the Telangana State and drove a wedge between communities and disturbed the peaceful nature of Hyderabad and Telangana State.Sensing danger to the life and properties in the hands of the protestors, people got panicky and closed their shops and establishments. The entire population of the City and the State went into grip of fear and shock by his activity.By his blasphemous utterances, the proposed detenu has been continuously creating hatred and ill-will between major communities resulting in widespread unrest among the people in the limits of Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate and in other parts of Telangana State, thereby adversely affecting the maintenance of public order. He has been continuously causing widespread fear, unrest and panic among the general public for a long period of time by committing such offences and acting in a manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order apart from disturbing the peace, tranquillity and communal harmony in the society.
The records disclose that out of the total of 101 criminal cases registered against him since 2004, he was involved in (18) communal offences in different Police Stations of Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate apart from several other cases.The Mangalhat police executed the P.D order on him on 25-08-2022 and he is being lodged in Central Prison, Cherlapally, Hyderabad.