Hours after a district magistrate of Bareilly district on his Facebook questioned the ‘new trend of holding Tiranga Yatras’ in Muslim dominated areas, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) announced that it would go ahead with many more such rallies across Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.
Sunil Parashar, VHP vice president (Braj prant), said, “More such Tiranga Yatras will be taken out in the Braj region.”
Braj region spread over 20 districts which also include Mathura, Jalesar, Bharatpur, Agra, Hathras, Dholpur, Aligarh, Etawah, Mainpuri, Etah, Kasganj and Firozabad.
Parashar asserted that taking out ‘Tiranga Yatra’ is not a crime. “What is the need to seek permission for such patriotic yatras. Tiranga Yatras need no sanction from police or administration.”
Meanwhile, the state top cop Om Prakash Singh has directed all district police heads of the state to remain alert and to restrict the movement of people whose visit might add to communal tension.
A senior IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh Police told News Nation that any kind of event needs permission including ‘Tiranga Yatra’.
Bareilly district magistrate Raghvendra Vikram Singh on Facebook had written, “These days, a strange trend of visiting Muslim-dominated localities and shouting anti-Pakistani slogans has started. Are they Pakistanis? The same thing happened in Bareilly. Why don’t we raise anti-China slogans when the fact is that China is a bigger enemy than Pakistan.”
The post was later deleted. However, his remarks irked several right wing leaders. BJP’s Vinay Katiyar demanded stringent action against Singh for his Facebook post.