Police detained 9 Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and RSS leaders who staged a dharna Tuesday outdoors the workplace of the superintendent of Kutch (east) police in Adipur, demanding the discharge of 9 VHP staff allegedly arrested after violence at Kidana village on Sunday.
Groups of two communities had clashed in Kidana village near Gandhidham city on Sunday night whereas VHP leaders had been finishing up a rath yatra to gather donations for the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
A gaggle of VHP leaders, led by Ashok Raval, the organisation’s common secretary for Gujarat, tried to stage a sit-in on the workplace of the SP on Tuesday morning.
“We detained nine persons at 11:40 am and as per instructions of the SP, we handed them to Lakadiya police station,” an officer of Adipur police station advised The Indian Express.
The officer additional mentioned that that they had no data until late night as as to whether the detainees being held at Lakadiya police station had been launched or not. “There are instructions not to allow such protests near the SP office and they were detained for sitting on dharna without permission,” the officer additional mentioned.
Besides Raval, Krunal Rupapara, Naran Dangar, Satish Bajaj, Khushal Khadke and Vrajesh Pavagadhi had been among the many 9 detained. While Rupapara, Dangar and Bajaj are leaders of RSS, Pavagadhi is a frontrunner of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP), the scholars’ wing of the RSS.
BV Chudasama, police inspector of Adipur, confirmed the detentions. However, VHP leaders mentioned that they had been launched from Lakadiya police station within the night. Raval, nonetheless, claimed that police had detained 10 individuals on Tuesday. “Today, ten of us VHP workers went to the SP office in Gandhidham to stage a sit-in demanding immediate release of our nine workers arrested after the Kidana village violence. However, the SP told us that we cannot stage a sit-in over there and a police team held us and detained us till evening,” Raval mentioned.
Police mentioned that the VHP didn’t have permission to take out the rath yatra on Sunday and that the violence started after the outfit’s leaders and supporters began elevating non secular slogans when the rath reached Masjid Chowk at Kidana.