Protests by Muslims across the state against Kamlesh Tiwari, a Hindu Mahasabha leader from Uttar Pradesh who allegedly made derogatory comments about Prophet Mohammed, seems to have alarmed the Madhya Pradesh government. However in Indore, a saffron brigade organised a demonstration demanding sedition charges against the people who allegedly raised slogans in favour of Pakistan.
On Thursday, home minister Babulal Gaur in Bhopal appealed to the members of the community to “exercise restraint.” The minister said the statement was made in Uttar Pradesh, not in Madhya Pradesh.
“They must understand that Madhya Pradesh has nothing to do with the reported remarks against Prophet Mohammad. It all took place in Uttar Pradesh. Hence, I would like to make an appeal to Muslim community members to maintain peace and order in the state,” Gaur said.
His appeal comes a day after a law and order review meeting with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and several senior officials.
Gaur told Hindustan Times over the phone that there was “no propriety behind Muslims protesting in Madhya Pradesh for something that took place in another state, especially when action had been taken against the person who made the remark.”
Kamlesh Tiwari was arrested by Lucknow police on December 3 after his statement against Muslims and Prophet Mohammad led to widespread spontaneous protests in UP and elsewhere in the country. The Hindu Mahasabha also distanced itself from Tiwari, claiming that he was not a member of their organisation and that their name had been misused by him.
On December 8, hundreds of Muslims gathered at Iqbal Maidan in Bhopal demanding action against the leader of a fringe Hindu outfit.
Similar protests were organised by members of the community in Indore, Dhar, Raisen, Harda and a few other parts of the state. In Indore, a section of protestors pelted stones on shops and vehicles on Tuesday.
Saffron brigade demands sedition charges against protesters
Meanwhile in Indore, a saffron brigade on Thursday organised a demonstration demanding sedition charges against the people who allegedly raised slogans in favour of Pakistan.
On Tuesday, thousands of Muslims gathered at Regal Square demanding action against Kamlesh Tiwari leading to traffic jam and stone-pelting.
In retaliation, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha took out a demonstration on Thursday, denouncing what they termed as the Muslims’ efforts to vitiate the atmosphere of the city. However, this time round, the number of police was more than the protestors.
The Mahasabha members alleged that those protested at the Regal Square had raised slogans in favour of Pakistan, and submitted a memorandum to senior police officers, claiming that SIMI operatives were provocating the sentiments of the Muslims.
A senior police official said local intelligence was focusing on the radicals of community and a list had been made in this regard.
The police said they have lodged four cases against five people who had organised the demonstrations at Regal Crossing on Tuesday.
Police are also keeping a close eye on social media, including Facebook, to find the people who can disturb peace of the city. Not more than five persons are allowed to present memorandums to officials.