Varanasi: Bajrang Dal activists held for ‘hate posters’ on Ganga ghats | Varanasi News – Times of India


VARANASI: The commissionerate police held two Bajrang Dal (BD) office-bearers on Saturday for displaying posters containing the message that “only Hindus should visit ghats along the river Ganga”. They were later released on submission of personal bonds of Rs 5 lakh each.
Commissioner of police A Satish Ganesh said that two persons, who were seen in photos while pasting posters at ghats, were identified as Rajan Gupta and Nikhil Tripathi. “They were issued notices under 107/16 of CrPC for breaching peace on Friday. Both of them were brought to ACP court in police lines, where they furnished personal bonds of Rs 5 lakh each, after which they were released,” he added.
During initial investigation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad senior office-bearers were asked to clarify the statues of Gupta, who poses himself as city unit secretary of VHP, and Tripathi, who poses him as Bajrang Dal city convener. With their arrival, a large number of saffron brigade supporters started gathering at police lines. In view of it, heavy police force was deployed to maintain peace. On January 6, these VHP and BD activists pasted a number of posters banning the entry of non-Hindus appeared on the walls of buildings along the Ganga ghats. The posters contained a message that “those who treat the ghats of the Ganga as picnic spots should stay away from ghats of Maa Ganga, as it is a symbol of Sanatan culture.” Clearing that it was not a request but a warning, the duo said that they welcome those who show respect to Sanatan dharma.
These posters were resented by many groups, including Congress leaders and Sajha Sanskriti Manch, who termed it a bid to disturb communal harmony and peace. They also met officials and police demanding action in this connection.

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