Agra, March 1: Uttar Pradesh police initiated action against the Sangh Parivar leaders who used derogatory words against the Muslim community and blatantly threatened anti-minority pogrom. The police has chargesheeted two Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and one Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who delivered hate speech against the minority community. However, no case was filed against Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria, who was present at the event and had also delivered a speech intended to instigate the Hindu community.
The controversy erupted on Sunday, when the Sangh Parivar had called a condolence congregation in Agra over the death of Arun Mahaur, a VHP worker from the region. Mahaur was allegedly stabbed to death by five Muslim miscreants belonging to his locality. (ALSO READ: Muslims equated to descendants of Ravana, threatened in Sangh Parivar meet; MoS Ram Shankar Katheria asks Hindus to show their strength )
Expressing grief and anger over the death of his co-worker, VHP district secretary Ashok Lavania claimed that all “arrangements have been made to exact revenge. Human skulls would be offered as tribute to the martyrdom of Mahaur.” Along with Lavania, another VHP leader also warned of “repeating Muzaffarnagar in Agra.” He was referring to the anti-minority pogrom in the district of Muzaffarnagar in 2013.
Apart from the fringe leaders, lawmakers and legislators of BJP were also present at the dias. MLA Jagan Prasad Garg, MP Babulal and Union Minister R S Katheria represented the ruling party in the Sangh meet. All the three leaders promised to exact revenge on a large scale. “Before we loose another Arun, we have to launch a struggle. These murderers should leave this place, before they could kill anyone else among us. If the administration here thinks that I am a Minister and my hands are tied, then they are wrong,” Katheria said.