A video of a Bhopal police officer who prevented members of a Hindu outfit from entering a Garba programme in the state capital in 2013 has gone viral on social media.
In October 2013, a group, allegedly belonging to the saffron brigade, was trying to enter the Dussehra grounds at Bittan market in Bhopal where a Garba programme was being organized, to check whether people from other religions were present at the event.
However, the then town inspector (TI) of Habibganj police station, who was on duty, asked them to keep away since they had no right to check the identity of persons at the programme.
Following this, there was a heated exchange between the activists and the TI, GP Agrawal, who has now been promoted to the DSP and posted with the Special Task Force.
A video of the argument between Agrawal and group leader, Kamlesh Thakur was shot by someone and the video uploaded on popular video-sharing website YouTube, on September 30, 2014.
Three days ago, the link of the video was shared by a Facebook user from Hyderabad, Syed Afzal Hussain. Hussain’s post went viral and was shared by over 8,000 persons and viewed by over 2,35,240 persons.
On YouTube, the video has been viewed by nearly 2,35,879 persons so far and more than 400 people have commented on the video. Most of the viewers have appreciated the officer’s stand.
The video shows Agrawal telling the activists’ group that he too was a Hindu and he wouldn’t allow them to enter the grounds to check anyone’s religious identity. The activists left the spot after senior police officers rushed to spot and were asked to arrest the activist, the video showed.
Talking to HT, GP Agrawal said he was taught during training to discharge his duty without any bias. “Our religion is to serve the people, to protect the people and to maintain harmony and peace in the society. We do our duty without bias. We have nothing to do with any religion,” Agrawal said.
When contacted, Kalesh Thakur said that only one part of the video had been shown in the video. “We had passes to participate in the programme but the policemen stopped us as we were in a group,” he said.