‘Hindutvawadis always spread hatred, violence’

New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI):
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said “the Hindutvawadis have always spread hatred and violence” and all communities pay the price for it. He said India is against violence and this should not happen anymore. The former Congress chief made the remarks while referring to a ‘Dharma Sansad’ held at Ved Niketan Dham in Haridwar from December 17-20 where hate speeches were allegedly made against a community.
The event was organised by Yati Narasimhanand Giri of the Juna Akhada, who is already under police scanner for making hate speeches and inciting violence against Muslims. “The Hindutvavadis always spread hatred and violence. Hindus-Muslims-Sikhs-Christians pay its price. But not anymore!” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi with hashtags ‘India Against Hindutva’ and ‘Haridwar Hate Assembly’. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also demanded the strictest action against those spreading hatred and violence. “Strictest action should be taken against those who incite hatred and violence of this kind. It is despicable that they should get away with making an open call to murder our respected ex-PM and unleash violence against people of different communities,” she said on Twitter. “Such acts violate our constitution and the law of our land,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra added. An FIR has been lodged against Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and others in connection with alleged hate speeches delivered at a Dharma Sansad in Haridwar to incite violence against the minorities, police said on Friday.
Tyagi, who changed his name from Waseem Rizvi after converting to Hinduism earlier this month, and other speakers at last week’s event have been accused of making extremely provocative speeches and some video clips of it are doing the rounds on social media.
Haridwar Kotwali Police station SHO Rakinder Singh said the FIR was registered on Thursday under IPC Section section 153A — promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language — and the matter is under investigation.

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