Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat visited BJP MP Tarun Vijay in the hospital on Saturday, assuring him of action against those who attacked him for visiting a temple with a Dalit leader.
Vijay was attacked by a mob when he visited the Silgur Devta temple in Chakrata on Friday with Dalit Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Daulat Kunwar, at Punah-Pokhri village.
“The commissioner will give me a firsthand report and we will take stringent action accordingly. People’s rights should be recognised and nobody can be stopped from going to a temple as God belongs to all,” Rawat said before he met Vijay.
The chief minister acknowledged that certain issues have problems when it comes to relaxing norms, and said he did not have a concrete solution for people who strictly adhered to customs and traditions. He however said spreading awareness was one way to deal with it.
“We are persuading the people and changes can be seen. Public awareness also needs to be cultivated in the matter. Yes, customs should be respected, but you can’t stop someone from worshipping. I want to call on all religious leaders in the state to open the doors of their temples to people from all faith and also to the Dalits. After all, everyone is human,” Rawat said.
He further said that besides the guilty, those who were lax in preventing the incident will also not be spared, assuring of some action by Saturday evening.
Rawat assured that Vijay will be given assistance from the state government for his medical treatment.
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“I told the doctors that if we need to bring in specialists from outside, that can also be provided. I have also told them that if he needs to be transported somewhere else for further treatment, then we can provide a chopper. But… Tarun Vijay is happy with this treatment,” the chief minister said.
Meanwhile, director general of police MA Ganapati told the media that a team was constituted to help police track down the offenders. A case in the matter has been registered with the revenue police and further action will be taken against the culprits.
“Where the incident happened does not come under the police jurisdiction but since a VIP team was going to the location, we sent a team for personal security,” Ganapati said.
A few policemen were also injured in the scuffle and two police vehicles were damaged.
Vijay was on a campaign to allow Dalits in the temples in the Jaunsar-Bawar region.