Hate speech: Togadia still at large due to political pressure

Hate speech: Togadia still at large due to political pressure


Jammu, February 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): Eleven months have passed since a case was lodged against Hindu extremist, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) President, Praveen Togadia for an inflammatory speech at a public rally in Rajouri district, but police have failed to arrest him owing to political pressure.

The police and political inaction is in stark contrast to the prompt action against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi who was booked for such a speech in December last year, writes a Kashmir-based daily.

Let off the hook in Rajouri case, Togadia went on to deliver another inflammatory speech on February 1 this year near Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, the same district where Owaisi had delivered his speech.
On 6th March 2012, an FIR was lodged against Togadia under section 153A of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) for hurting the sentiments of a community in Rajouri town.

When contacted, a senior police officer, wishing anonymity, told the newspaper that they had sent a team to Gujarat twice to arrest Togadia but he was not there.

“We tried to arrest him but he was not in Gujarat and later nothing was done,” the police officer said while admitting that there was political pressure not to follow the case.

He said the case has been closed in a way, though not officially. “That was why nothing was done and no police party was sent thereafter to arrest him. There was a pressure from a certain quarter,” a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

Togadia’s hate-speech triggered clashes between members of two communities following which the district administration imposed curfew to contain the situation.

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