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VHP issues diktat not to allow Muslims at garba venue

The Hindu outfit had threatened to take direct action of arresting him and handing over to the police.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 22, 2014 3:26 am

With the nine-day Navratri festival round the corner in Gujarat, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has  issued a diktat not to allow Muslims at garba events and sought an apology and arrest of Mehdi Hasan Shah Baba, who had offered skullcap to Narendra Modi, for equating Hindus attending Navratri events allegedly with demons (rakshas). However, baba has refused to revert on his words or seek an apology.

The Hindu outfit had threatened to take direct action of arresting him and handing over to the police. It has also issued strict instructions to garba organisers not to allow Muslims at their venues in the state during Navratri. Further, it will conduct “combing nights” to weed out Muslims from garba venues.

At a press briefing here on Sunday at the VHP office in Paldi, VHP state general secretary Ranchhod Bharvad also told the reporters that the VHP-Bajrang Dal (BD) will compel the Baba to offer apology. Bharvad said people like the Baba were actually demons, not Hindus. He said presence of Muslims at garba venues would not be allowed and if identified action would be taken against them.

Bharvad said that if Muslims boys wanted to join garba events, they must first convert to Hinduism as entry to Muslims would be denied strictly. The VHP would give all support to those wanting to convert to Hinduism, he said. He also criticised authorities that allowed loud speakers on other occasions but banned it around Navratri only. “Court ban on loud speakers during Navratri is not acceptable to us because Navratri being a matter of faith it does not come under purview of law,” Bharvad said. Bharvad said the VHP would spread awareness about not allowing Muslims at garba events all over the state and oppose Muslims’ entry in a democratic manner.

Meanwhile, Baba said, “I will stand by what I have said and I am not going to tender any apology. Let them get met arrested; I will not engage any lawyer nor will I seek bail in case they get me arrested,” he said. According to him, the police have refused to file FIR against him.

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    Abdul Aziz
    Sep 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm
    There is a big anti- Muslim campaign unleashed by the RSS-BJP– Sangh combine after Modi took the oath as PM. The RSS and its militant Hindu Sanghs has become so brazen and aggressive enough to use the state apparatus to push through its venomous agenda of Muslim demonization. Is Modi part of this agenda... ? sure yes.
    1. I
      Sep 22, 2014 at 1:38 am
      Strong stance by VHP.......waiting for the secular brigade to start screaming.........
      1. m
        Sep 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm
        Wait for sickulars to cry foul.VHP is perfectly reasonable and justifiable to follow the rule-book (first set by Muslims in sauarding their kith and kins from Hindu" kafirs",)whereas the real demons are clearly picturised as -violent destructors,liars,outragers and harers of helpless-female persons,looters,bombers of innocent people as per scriptures in any religion..
        1. I
          Sep 23, 2014 at 9:19 pm
          shut ur mouth ??.....muslims are the most communal and now where is ur so called secular ..if a hindu priest had said something about Eid...then u porki pigs would have made lots of noise...this person " mehdi baba" should be arrested immediately..PEOPLE LIKE U MUST LEAVE FOR STAN....