Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, in less than 24 hours, distanced itself from the demand over ban on wearing burqa in public places. The party said that the view shared in its editorial mouthpiece Saamna on Wednesday was the personal opinion of party leader Sanjay Raut.

Earlier in the day, Saamna demanded that the burqa be banned in India. The request came close on the heels of Sri Lankan government banning the burqa following the deadly terror attack in the country, which killed over 250 people.

Besides, the right-wing fringe group Hindu Sena also wrote to the Home Ministry, demanding a complete ban on face covers, burqa and niqab at public places and government and private institutions to prevent Sri Lanka-like terror attack.

The Hindu Sena, in the letter addressed to the government, wrote, “We request you to immediately formulate policies at both tactical and strategic levels to prevent the occurrence of such attacks in India and Indian territories, including embassies and high commissions, all across the world.”

“Please impose a ban on full-face covers and dresses like burqa and niqab at all public places and inside government and private institutions. These kinds of head coverings enable terrorists to hide their identity from CCTV cameras and other surveillance measures in place. Sri Lanka has already implemented this policy,” it further read.

The Sri Lankan government had banned burqa, niqab or any kind of face-covering veil across the nation following the Easter Sunday bomb blast that killed over 250 people.