Agra: VHP plans ‘sankalp sabhas’ in every village to pay tribute to killed leader

VHP has alleged that Mahaur was killed because he was running a campaign against cow slaughter in the region.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: March 1, 2016 10:52 am
Heavy police force deployed in Agra after a VHP Leader shot dead. (Express Photo by Gajendra yadav) Heavy police force deployed in Agra after a VHP Leader shot dead. (Express Photo by Gajendra yadav)

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.

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  1. R
    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm
    Why media won't call the victim here as dalit, insted they always choose to call him as VHP activist like they did with Kerala VHP dalit victim, but always refer to fake dalit Vemula as 'dalit scholar' where in reality neither he was a dalit nor a scholar!
  2. K
    kj kj
    Mar 4, 2016 at 12:41 am
    good work
  3. S
    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:26 am
    In India, when minority community kills majority community, it is okay and no one will care. Why secular section (Leaders, Writers, Artists, Film Stars, NGOs, Media, ...) are silent on this incident. Also why Rahul, Kejriwal, Nitish and Mamata have not visited victim's house. Why there is no protest against the murder in parliament, why students, Dalit organisations are silent. Why there is no action by Human Rights Commission, SC/ST Commission
  4. D
    Mar 1, 2016 at 4:22 am
    Please do not endulge into anything forceful right now, no cow-slaughter ban, we also ar e true Hindus, in fact I am brahmin, and cow is holy, but right now just support PM Modi in his economic and developmental plans, please supprt him in his efforst, right now he needs you. If you endulge in violence and force minorities, he suffers, when he has not done anything. Just be silent and support him implement swacch bharat, beti bachao, pro-farmer plans...requesting
  5. D
    Mar 1, 2016 at 4:23 am
    request to VHP- right now no violence, only support PM Modiji please in his economic and develpoment plans
  6. A
    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:36 am
    Let VHP not be afraid, let them go ahead with what they want, people are waiting for some action
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