The Mumbai police yesterday arrested Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Karyakaratas (workers) for putting up a banner of Prabhu Shri Ram in the Malvani area of Malad suburb, Mumbai during the fund collection drive for the Sri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
The area is reported to be a stronghold of 3-time Congress MLA from Malad West Assembly Constituency, Aslam Shaikh, who is also the Minister of Textile, Fisheries and Port development, Government of Maharashtra.
Has putting up a banner of Jai Shri Ram Nidhi Sankalan become a crime in Mumbai now under Shivsena CM Uddhav Thackeray Government, wondered netizens?
Uddhav hates Hindutva so much that now it is a crime to say Jai Shri Ram in Mumbai.
Banners torn & VHP workers arrested in Mumbai for putting up banners of Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir fund drive.
— Jiten Gajaria (@jitengajaria) January 16, 2021
In the video, one can clearly see how Mumbai Police tore Prabhu Shri Ram’s poster put up to promote Ayodhya Ram Mandir Nidhi Sankalan Abhiyan. VHP, RSS & BJP workers staged protests within the police station to secure the release of arrested workers. It was only after the intervention of high ranking police officers that the arrested workers were released.
मालवणी की परिस्थिति आए दिन गंभीर होती नजर आ रही है। यहां पर प्रभु श्रीराम के पोस्टर लगाना मानो अपराध सा माना जा रहा हैं।
कल मालवणी पुलिस ने विश्व हिंदू परिषद के कुछ कार्यकर्ताओं को हिरासत में लिया था, पोस्टर भी फाड़ दिए थे।
इस विषय को लेकर जल्द ही पुलिस कमिश्नर से मुलाकात करूंगा। pic.twitter.com/Jx73ktCgTE
— Mangal Prabhat Lodha (@MPLodha) January 16, 2021
The police apparently cited the banners being ‘controversial’ and ‘hurting sentiments’ of the locals in the Muslim-dominated Malvani area where the incident took place as the reason for bringing them down. Putting up a series of tweets regarding the issue, social org LRO which fights for legal rights of indigenous people has called for action against the errant police officers.
#Mumbai part of Islamic Republic? @MumbaiPolice, #Malvani PS tore Prabhu Shri Ram poster at d behest of minister @AslamShaikh_MLA of @OfficeofUT Govt, Dept rattled by @NCPCR_ notice to @CPMumbaiPolice on drug/ porn issue in area. @VHPDigital workers staged dharna- video👉 pic.twitter.com/RIZ4j0NlfT
— Legal Rights Observatory- LRO (@LegalLro) January 16, 2021
Earlier Mumbai police had removed saffron flags from buses on the instructions of the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government and even issued notice to the mother of Hindu girl Karishma Bhosale who had objected to the illegal speakers in a mosque near her residence. The same police, however, has no qualms in practising ‘secular’ traditions. It is customary for the Mumbai police to salute Pir Hazarat Makhdoom Shah with the police band in full display.
The same Malvani police station in Malad West also takes great pride in wishing Muslims on Eid and holding dawat-e-iftar (feast) on the occasion.
This time the police have taken their Hindudvesh too far by tearing banners of Bhagwan Ram. Not just the police but also the so-called Hindutva CM Uddhav Thackeray are answerable for this Hindudveshi action.
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