Hate speech complaint lodged against Togadia

  • Surojit Ghosh Hazra, Hindustan Times, Rampurhat
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2015 01:08 IST

A police complaint was lodged against Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia in Rampurhat police station in Birbhum district of West Bengal for inciting tension in the area with a speech he delivered on Wednesday.

The complaint was lodged by Bhim Murmu, a local. Though ruling Trinamool Congress leaders railed against Togadia’s rally and the conversion of about 150 tribals from Christianity to Hinduism on Wednesday by VHP leaders, it was not known whether Murmu was a TMC member. The speech was delivered at Rampurhat town and about 18 km away in a village about 150 tribals were converted to Hinduism from Christianity.

While VHP leaders maintained they just held a yajna and some rituals in which tribals participated, TMC leaders said the administration would take a tough stand if it was found out that coercion was used for the conversion.

“We haven’t been informed by police yet. Let them send the papers and we will respond accordingly. Neither Togadiaji nor we are bothered by these complaints,” said Sachindra Nath Sinha, general secretary organisation (East) of VHP.

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