CLMC Raises Concerns Over Planned Rally of Hindu Right Wing Groups on Hanuman Jayanti

Lateef Mohammad Khan in the middle (File photo: TCN)

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New Delhi: On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti (on April 18), right wing forces plan to organize a rally with the slogan of “Hari lungi munh me paan, Bhago saalo Pakistan” to become a tool to terrorize the Muslim community in Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh, according to Lateef Mohd Khan, general secretary of Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC). Raising its concern on this issue, Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee has written an urgent letter to the Hyderabad police commissioner to take timely and necessary steps to prevent the planned rally, maintain communal harmony and take strong measures against “Hindutva terrorists.”

According to Lateef, the Hindutva forces has been strengthening in Hyderabad City for the past two years by getting support from a Muslim police commissioner. In support of his claim, he said that last year, Dharmendra Acharya of Vishwa Hindu Parishad delivered an inflammatory speech in Begum Bazaar area that lead, which caused communal tension in the state in which many mosques were targeted and later, a curfew was imposed. “This time as well, a rally is being organized by forming a new committee called Bhagyanagar Shri Ramnavami Utsav Samiti, and Sadhvi Ritambhara will address the gathering. It is also known that as many as 20,000 people are expected to participate in the rally from Gowliguda Ram Mandir to Tadban Hanuman Temple in Secunderabad,” Lateef informed.

Lateef Mohammad Khan in the middle (File photo: TCN)Lateef has written in the letter to the police commissioner: “Taking lesson from the past experience, we are very much concerned about the security of life and of the people of Hyderabad. Previously, such kind of rallies had led to violence and curfew for more than 10 days in the city, and the whole Hyderabad was turned into a prison. And your statement claimed that the situation in Hyderabad was under control. It is feared that this year also, the same situation might take place and once again, you will get the chance to say that the situation is normal by restricting everyone at their homes in the name of curfew. Therefore, we demand you to take immediate measures to stop the rally as well communal speeches, including such inflamatry slogans.”

The CLMC has demanded the Andhra Pradesh Government to curb the Hindutva forces, which have planned a public meeting and a rally of thousands of people to disturb the communal harmony of Hyderabad City. “We also demand the state chief minister to personally monitor the situation and instruct the director general of police (DGP) and the police commissioner to take all preventive measures to maintain the law and order and ensure that no untoward incident take place, said Lateef in his letter.

the letter reads that the CLMC, in advance, warns Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy that if any troublesome incident happens, he would be morally responsible for the incident while the DGP and the police commissioner would be administratively accountable.

“We want to remind you that on December 6, 2010, on the 18th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, you stopped us to protest against the demolition by exerting huge pressure on us like house arrest and preventive arrests. That was just a democratic protest to protect the secular values of our country and that too within the framework of the Constitution of India,” Lateef reminded the Hyderabad police commissioner in his letter.

The letter further reads: “We hope that when you can stop a democratic protest by all means, you can now easily prevent the communal rallies and fiery speeches on the name of religion. Otherwise, it would be considered violation of the rule of law. The protectors of law will be remembered as violators of law. We further hope that at least now, the police department will take notice of this serious issue and will act decisively.”


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