Bhopal, Aug 19: A 125-year-old Hindu outfit here, identified as the Hindu Utsav Samiti (HUS), has appealed the Bhopal Collector to issue a directive making Aadhaar mandatory for entry at all Garba venues in the district. Also Read - 5 Members Of Hindu Family Found Dead in Pakistan's Multan With Throat Slit
The demand, raised by the Hindutva group, is aimed at restricting the entry of non-Hindus at the Garba pandals. HUS president Kailash Begwani, in a meeting with Collector Sudama Khade, said Aadhaar would be effective in preventing the entry of members of other religious groups to the garba pandals. Also Read - Ambani Bomb Scare: Autopsy of SUV Owner Mansukh Hiren 'Reserved', Body Handed Over To Family
“The garbas are meant for Hindus only and no non-Hindu should be allowed inside the venues at any cost,” Begwani was reported as saying, further claiming that it is a conspiracy of Muslims to befriend Hindu girls and “later exploit them”. Also Read - Congress Releases First List of 13 Candidates For West Bengal Assembly Elections | Full List Here
Begwani later claimed that he was assured by the District Collector of paying heed to their demands. The Collectorate, however, is yet to issue an official statement in the matter.
The HUS, which is actively involved in organising Hindu festivities in Bhopal, had earlier too being campaigning against the “infiltration” of Muslim men at garba venues. The HUS chief said his group would resort to its “own tactics” from forthcoming years if the administration fails to take adequate steps in this Navratri.
The demand to exclude Muslims from the garbas was earlier raised by BJP MLA from Indore III, Usha Thakur, as well. She had demanded the police to conduct checks at all pandals, making identity card mandatory for the entry at the venues.