Two saffron banners with ‘Hindu Rashtra’ written on them near Laheriasarai in Darbhanga of Bihar have triggered a row after Darbhanga police, while quickly removing the banners, lodged an FIR against four along with another 100 unidentified persons for allegedly disturbing the peace and religious harmony on March 23.
In the FIR registered, the Darbhanga police, while naming Rajeev Kumar Madhukar, Jila mantri Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), along with three others, claimed that the police got some input about banners with ‘Hindu Rashtra’ being put up by a few people near Maulaganj colony under Laheriasarai police station limits of Darbhanga following which legal action is being taken against the accused.
Taking to twitter, the Darbhanga police, in a statement, also informed that on March 23, an FIR was lodged against four named and 100 unidentified persons for attempting to disturb the peace and religious harmony on the occasion of Navratri.
Meanwhile, a Muslim outfit ‘All India Muslim Bedari Kaarwan’ (AIMBK), also wrote a letter to the district collector and demanded immediate removal of the banners citing religious sentiments; in the letter dated March 22, Najre Aalam, national president of the AIMBK asserted that putting this kind of banners not only hurts the sentiments of the other community but it should also be categorised as a crime in a secular country like India.
On the other hand, interacting with the media Milind Parande, Mahamantri VHP, quoted “that it is quite unfortunate that the Darbhanga police has lodged an FIR against members of Bajrang dal for just putting a banner of Hindu Rashtra, this action against the Hindu community is solely motivated by the Muslim appeasement policy.
We all know that the Concept of Hindu Rashtra is not political but geo-cultural. Therefore, Hindu Rashtra is not against any religion; VHP demands immediate withdrawal of the complaints against Hindu workers, said Parande.
We would also like to ask the state government that hundreds of Gau vansh are being slaughtered daily. Will the Government act against those who kill Gau vansh with the same alacrity? added Parande.