A DAY after holding an “aggressive” condolence meet for Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Arun Mahaur — a Dalit who was allegedly killed by Muslims in Agra last week — the organisation has decided to hold ‘shradhanjali’ and ‘sankalp sabhas’ in every village and ward of the Braj region from Wednesday to protest against his death.
VHP has alleged that Mahaur was killed because he was running a campaign against cow slaughter in the region.
The Agra district general secretary of VHP, Ashok Lavaniya, said from Wednesday, the organisation will start holding condolence meets for Mahaur in every village and ward of Agra.
The VHP workers would put up posters with Mahaur’s photograph with messages like ‘Amar Shaheed Gau Rakshak Arun Mahaur’ in the backdrop and address gatherings attended by Hindus. Leaders of pro-Hindutva outfits, particularly leaders from the Dalit community, would be invited to the meetings.
“The objective of these meetings will be to create an awareness among Hindus that a person from their community has sacrificed his life to protect the honour of Hindus girls and prevent cow slaughter… The message is clear… the entire Hindu community will have to unite to protect cows,” Lavaniya said.
At the meetings, people would be told that while BSP chief Mayawati, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were “silent” on Mahaur’s killing, they had been vocal when a Muslim man was lynched by a Hindu mob in Dadri on suspicion on beef consumption.
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“The organisation has decided to not hold any violent protest on the roads because such spontaneous reaction draws allegations that VHP is trying to do politics on unfortunate incidents,” Lavaniya said.
VHP national joint general secretary Surendra Jain said that at the ‘sankalp sabhas’ held in Braj region, Hanuman Chalisa will be recited and a pledge taken to protect cows. “Gau Rakshak Samitis (cow protection units) will be set up to keep a watch on cow slaughter and smuggling. The samitis will first inform police, but if the administration does not respond, the workers will take action on their own,” he added.
On Sunday, Muslims were equated to “demons” and “descendants of Ravana”, and warned of a “final battle”, as the Sangh Parivar held a condolence meeting in Agra for Mahaur. Among those present on the dais were Union Minister of State, HRD, and BJP Agra MP Ramshankar Katheria as well as the BJP’s Fatehpur Sikri MP Babu Lal, apart from other party local leaders, who joined in the threats to Muslims.