Leading Muslim advocates and social activists on Wednesday met the Surat Range IG in connection with an audio clip purportedly containing conversation between Tapi superintendent of police M K Nayak and a “gau rakshak” in which the latter is said to have made derogatory remarks against the community members.
While the advocates and the social activists demanded strict action against Nayak, the SP denied making any such comment and said the voice in the clip was not his.
Last Friday, tension prevailed in Songadh taluka of Tapi district after severed head of a calf was found outside the residence of the president of the taluka panchayat. Police had rushed to the spot and controlled the situation, assuring local BJP protesters of taking strict action in the case.
The audio clip, related to the incident, purportedly contains a conversation between Nayak and a man identifying himself as national president of Gauraksha Commando Force from Delhi.
In the clip, “Nayak” allegedly makes derogatory references to the Muslims and claims to a follower of RSS ideology and a close friend of VHP leader Pravin Togadia.
The clip went viral and sent shock waves among the Muslims, particularly in Tapi and neighbouring districts Surat, Navsari, Bharuch and Valsad.
“We are feeling that somebody wanted to break the communal harmony and peace of Tapi district,” said Babu Pathan, a lawyer who was the part of the delegation that met IG Narsimha Komar. He demanded transfer of Nayak and legal action against him.
When contacted, the SP denied making any such remark. He said: “First of all, this is not my voice. I have nothing to do with this conversation in the clip. I am non-biased while I am on job. During the 2002 communal riots, I was in Surat and the then Surat Police Commissioner had even felicitated me for rescuing many riot-affected Muslim families. These are all false allegations on me.”
After meeting the Muslim delegation, IG Komar said: “We have heard the audio clip and forwarded it to the home department. We have received the representation from leading Muslim advocates. At present, it is difficult to say anything, but we will carry out a detail investigation.”