A large number of people gathered outside the Uttarakhand Police Headquarters in Dehradun on Saturday to protest against the hate speeches made by several prominent Hindutva leaders against Muslims at a ‘Dharma Sansad’ in Haridwar.
The protesters, under the banner of Muslim Seva Sangathan, demanded strict action against all those who were part of the hate incident.
Speaking to Siasat.com over the phone, Muslim Seva Sangathan President, Naeem Qureshi said that a few thousand people gathered outside the state police headquarters and protested the call for genocide against Muslims.
He said that he demanded the registration of a case under sedition against the speakers calling for the establishment of a Hindu Rashtra. “Narendra Modi is elected by the people under the Constitution of India. So when these people say that they want to establish a Hindu Rashtra, they are waging a war against the elected government, which is a traitor,” Qureshi said.
Qureshi told Siasat.com that Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar has ordered the SIT to investigate the entire matter without any delay and assured the protesters of necessary police action.
In the program organized at Ved Niketan Dham in Haridwar for three days from 16 to 19 December, highly provocative speeches were given by the participants inciting violence against Muslims. It was organized by Yati Narasimhanand, priest of Dasna temple in Ghaziabad, who is known for his work. Hate remarks against Muslims.
During his speech in Haridwar, Narasimhananda targeted the Muslims and urged the Hindus to take up arms against them. “Swords look good on stage. Only those who have better weapons will win this battle.
Videos from the Hate Conclave surfaced on social media, where various Hindutva leaders openly spread hatred against religious minorities with the slogan ‘Shastra Mev Jayate’.
Annapurna Maa, general secretary of Hindu Mahasabha and Mahamandaleshwar of Niranjini Akhara, while addressing the gathering had called for a violent revolt against Muslims. “If you want to eliminate them, we are ready to kill them and go to jail. We need 100 such soldiers who can kill 20 lakh of them. We will be the winner. Put aside books and scriptures and take up your weapons,” he had said.
Following the outcry, cases were registered against some regarding hate speech. A case was registered by the police along with Swami Dharamdas and Sadhvi Annapurna, Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi (Wasim Rizvi).
The First Information Report (FIR) has been registered under IPC section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, caste, place of birth, residence, language).
However, so far no speaker has been summoned by the police.
Several opposition leaders have voiced their opinion against the Hate Conclave, but there has been no official condemnation from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.