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Hate monster Pravin Togadia barred from addressing meeting in Guwahati

Guwahati(Web Team): VHP Assam unit’s ‘prachar pramukh’ S D Sinha said that Togadia was banned from addressing the Hindu Sanmilan fearing there would be a law and order situation.


Guwahati police ordered imposition of the prohibitory order and directed Togadia not to attend or address the VHP meeting in the city. File Photo
Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia was not allowed to address a VHP meeting in Guwahati on Thursday nor a recording of his speech played over microphone as the police clamped Section 144 CrPC.

Guwahati Police Commissioner Jyotirmoy Chakraborty ordered imposition of the prohibitory order and directed Togadia not to attend or address the VHP meeting in the city.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said persons like VHP leader Praveen Togadia should not be allowed to come as he “will put the state on fire”.

“Praveen Togadia should not be allowed to come. He will put the state on fire. He is not a guest here,” Gogoi told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Guwahati. He said people of Assam should understand the intentions of such leaders and organisations.

“We are in the digital era. They (BJP and right wing groups) talk about digitisation of everything. On the other hand, VHP is giving rewards to all those couples giving birth to six or eight kids,” Gogoi said.

“If this continued, tomorrow one minority community would also do the same. Then afterwards, another minority group will also be ‘rewarded’ for such utterances. So what will happen ultimately?” , Gogoi said.

Togadia was supposed to address a public meeting at the Golden Jubilee Celebration Samiti of VHP’s city unit on Thursday. Guwahati Police Commissioner Jyotirmoy Chakravarty has banned his speech through any media under section 144 CrPC to maintain “public peace and order” in the city.

Togadia, however, visited the VHP office at Ulubari area of the city and Kamakhya temple, Chakraborty said. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi speaking to the media on the sidelines of a meeting said Togadia would not be allowed to create a situation in the state.

VHP Assam unit’s ‘prachar pramukh’ S D Sinha said that Togadia was banned from addressing the Hindu Sanmilan fearing there would be a law and order situation.

“Many people coming in buses from far off places to attend the meeting were turned back by police from entering the city.”

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  1. . As of August 2013, Togadia had faced 19 criminal cases for making hate speeches,
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    Togadia was arrested in April 2003 after distributing tridents to Bajrang Dal activists in Ajmer, in a ceremony termed “trishul deeksha,” defying a state government ban.[17] He was released on bail on the condition that he would not distribute tridents. However, he continued to distribute them in other states.[18]

    As of August 2013, Togadia had faced 19 criminal cases for making hate speeches, the maximum number of such cases for any one in the country.[19] He was arrested in August 2013 from Ayodhya along with other VHP leaders by the Uttar Pradesh Police before the planned ‘Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra’ that was banned over fears of communal flareup.[20]

    In April 2014, a First Information Report was registered against Togadia in Bhavnagar after an alleged hate speech instructing Hindus to evict Muslims from their neighbourhoods. Since the statements were made in the midst of general elections, when the ‘model code of conduct’ was in force, the Election Commission directed the district administration to take action.[21][22] Togadia denied having made such statements and RSS spkesperson Ram Madhav backed him, stating “No swayamsevak thinks on such divisive lines. They think of all people as one. One people, one nation.”[23] However, video recordings of his speech were soon aired on television channels. Narendra Modi disapproved the statements on Twitter, calling them “petty statements by those claiming to be BJP’s well wishers.”[24] In June 2014, a local court ordered the police to submit an ‘action taken’ report for the case.[25]