National Security Act against Varun Gandhi

Varun Gandhi, great-grandson of India’s first premier Jawaharlal Nehru, has been detained for whipping up religious hatred in an allegedly anti-Muslim speech he made on the campaign trail earlier this month.

Police said more charges were filed against him because he reported to the police station in Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday accompanied by wild crowds of supporters who threw stones at officers in a series of violent clashes.

The NSA was invoked against Mr. Gandhi after approval from the District Magistrate of Pilibhit. Whether the charges against him will hold will be decided by an advisory board within six weeks.

While a case of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC was slapped on Mr. Gandhi and 13 others by the Pilibhit police administration, his supporters were charged with causing damage to government property, including official residences, in violent incidents that rocked the town on Saturday.

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