Monday, December 12, 2011

Togadia to address Pirana meet, cops plan increased security

Ahmedabad: The information that Pravin Togadia will be speaking on the last day of the three-day conference organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Pirana village seems to have spurred the police into action. Togadia, known for his allegedly 'inflammatory speeches', will be speaking on November 7 which coincidentally also happens to be Bakrid day this year.

The Ahmedabad district police have instructed the organizers of the conference as well as the trustees of the Sufi dargah located in the village, not to do anything which could violate the sanctity of the shrine.

They have also asked the organizers to give in writing the details of exactly what they plan to do during the three days of the conference.

On Thursday, a team of police officials went to meet the dargah trustees and asked them for details of all that they planned to do during the three-day event. Sources in the police said that the trustees agreed to give in writing the details sought by the police. However, what could create trouble in the village is the fact that around 30 members of the VHP will be staying at the dargah over the three days of the conference.

"Considering the situation, we have asked the organisers to ensure that the VHP members only stay at the dargah and not hold any event there. Since the shrine is a symbol of communal harmony, we have asked the organisers not to do anything which may be seen as a violating the sanctity of the shrine," said Rajiv Ranjan Bhagat, superintendent of police, Ahmedabad (rural).

Satish Jha, DNA


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