“Hindu Mahapanchayat Will Not Be Allowed At Any Cost”: Uttarakhand Cops

Dehradun: In Uttarakhand’s Roorkee, a Hindu Mahapanchayat was scheduled to be held today. But prohibitory orders under CRPC section 144 have been enforced in Dada Jalalpur village. 33 people associated with the event have been detained, officials said.

The village had witnessed communal violence during Hanuman Jayanti Processions. 

The move to impose section 144 came with the Supreme Court directing the Uttarakhand chief secretary to place on record that no untoward statement will be made at the ‘Dharam Sansad’ in Roorkee. It had also warned that it will hold top officials responsible in case of any hate speech being made.

Haridwar District Magistrate Vinay Shankar Pandey said, “Prohibitory orders were enforced in Dada Jalalpur village and in areas within its five-km radius on Tuesday evening to ensure that the ‘Hindu Mahapanchayat’ does not take place.”

SSP Yogendra Singh Rawat said that to prevent the ‘Mahapanchayat’ from taking place, 33 persons involved in the event’s planning have been detained. Kali Sena state convenor Dineshanand Bharti, who had called for the event to be held, and his six followers were among those detained.

“The gathering will not be allowed to be held at any cost. Anyone who tries to violate section 144, in force in the area, will be sternly dealt with,” he said.

Police forces are deployed in the area for monitoring the situation, the official said.

In December of last year, a three-day ‘Dharma Sansad’ in Haridwar made national news for hate remarks directed at members of a community.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over Hate Speeches keep occurring in the country despite its guidelines on preventive measures to be taken by government officials.

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