The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is currently probing a viral video that was published on TikTok depicting a group of men, allegedly foreigners, expressing their support towards politicians in India who had released offensive statements targeting Prophet Muhammad.
In a statement released last night, Bukit Aman’s Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan explained that the 1-minute-18-second clip posted by TikTok user @gangarammahato280 was filmed in front of the Batu Caves temple.
The video garnered mass attention, earning over 16,000 views before it was taken down. It is unknown whether the clip was deleted by the user himself or removed by TikTok for violating community guidelines.
Now, only blurred-out and cropped bits and pieces of it exist across social media platforms.
Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan also noted that it is with regard to the ‘Hindu Samachar’ movement in India backed by Hindu extremists, as well as the act of politician Nupur Sharma from the Bharatiya Janata Party, from whom the insults hailed.
He also warned the people not to theorise or bring up religious or racial issues, adding that those who do so will face severe consequences.
During a recent nationwide television channel discourse on the Gyanvapi Mosque matter, BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made disparaging statements about Prophet Mohammed.
Mohammed Zubair of Alt News, who people now deem a “Hinduphobe”, tweeted a snippet of the remark, condemning the comments and saying that Nupur and the news anchor were inciting hatred.
Nupur then tweeted a reply to the Delhi police, accusing Zubair of extending a “false narrative”.
Nupur reported that she, as well as her relatives, had started to receive death threats.
As a consequence of her assertion, Nupur also became the subject of multiple FIRs. The situation was exacerbated when Delhi BJP media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal tweeted even more offensive comments about the Prophet.
She was then suspended from her role summoned by the Bhiwandi police in Maharashtra on Monday (June 13).
To try to recover the set of circumstances, Nupur made a public apology. She claimed that criticism aimed at Mahadev (Lord Shiva) prompted her to act in this manner.
She then “unconditionally” retracted her prior statement- but not before becoming the new global target of angered individuals and groups worldwide.
On a local scale, DragonForce, a Malaysia-based hacktivist group, has initiated a range of cyber threats against the Indian government with regard to Nupur Sharma’s dismissive comments.
The group of hackers has initiated a programme against the Indian government called OpsPatuk, which translates to “strike back.”
It is also opting for aid from Muslim Hackers From All Over The World, Human Rights Organizations, and activists.
Religiously and politically driven initiatives, such as OpsPatuk, can lead to a breach of some classified government websites containing PII, military activities, and other national secrets, which, in the wrong hands, can facilitate targeted strikes on the country and its people.
Cyber analysts expect that the severity and quantity of such intrusions on Indian entities will only keep increasing, and suggest that the government bodies and corporations take proper precautions to protect their digital assets.
#StopInsultingProphetMuhammad trended on Twitter following that, whereas in India and Pakistan, hanging effigies of Nupur were found; the work of citizens as well as the Taliban.
A now-deleted VFX video of a beheaded Nupur had also surfaced.