Hindutva group calls for violence against Muslims in Bangalore, complaint filed

The ‘Hindu Rashtra Convention’ organized by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti on May 8 openly called for violence against Muslims to make India a ‘Hindu rashtra’.

On May 8, a community hall in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) hosted a ‘Hindu Rashtra Convention’ which brought together over 300 people to discuss the establishment of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. The convention was organized by the right-wing Hindu organization Janajagruti Samiti and openly advocated violence against the Muslim community, even going so far as to call it a “cancer”, Boom Live reported.

Seeking to hold the organizers accountable for hate speech at the convention, members of the Center for Law and Policy Research (CLPR) filed a complaint with the Bengaluru police, with legal assistance from the Alternative Law Forum (ALF ). According to the CLPR members, they approached the Sanjaynagar Police to file the complaint first, but “the inspector even denied putting a seal of appreciation as he accepted our complaint”, they said. Finally, they were able to lodge a complaint with the DCP (Deputy Commissioner of Police), Bangalore North Division, Vinayak Patil.

“We hope that the Bengaluru Police will soon file an FIR and list the accused in accordance with the specified law,” the CLPR members said, adding that the First Information Report (FIR) is to be filed by the police without intervention. courts.

The ‘Hindu Rashtra’ convention was held at a BBMP community hall in Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, attended by several locals as well as leaders of far-right groups and lawyers among others. Cries to end various conspiracy theories like “Love Jihad”, “Economic Jihad” and “Land Jihad” were enthusiastically received by attendees, Boom Live reported. Mohan Gowda, the Karnataka spokesman for the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (headquartered in Goa) even claimed that the Muslim community “takes the country like a disease”, and that the meeting was organized to “take make people aware that we need a Hindu Rashtra”. One member even shouted: “Ghar mein ghuske maarenge, ek bhi mulle ko nahi chodenge” (We will enter their houses and beat them, we will not spare any Muslim )”, and received applause.

It came amid the most recent community controversy in Karnataka, where right-wing organizations have begun protesting against allowing mosques to play azaan or call for prayers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. hours of the morning. The government had said strict action would be taken against those who broke noise pollution rules and on May 10 issued a circular making it compulsory to obtain permission to use loudspeakers and other sound producing equipment within 15 days.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh