January 21, 2015 2:08:39 am
A week after three persons were killed in the communal clashes in Hansot taluka of Bharuch district in Gujarat, the RSS has claimed that the two Hindus, killed on January 14, were “active swayamsevaks”. The RSS also warned the authorities to take note of the “anti-national activities” in Bharuch which was “close to the coastline”. The RSS alleged that it was being made a target.
The clashes, which were allegedly provoked by a fight over catching a kite, took a political turn, with over 200 BJP workers of Hansot taluka panchayat resigning Sunday. On Tuesday, senior members of the RSS met Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Governor O P Kohli. BJP MLA from Ankleshwar Ishwar Patel, whose brother Vijay Patel has been named in one of the 10 FIRs in Hansot police station, also met the CM.
“Senior leaders of the RSS met the Chief Minister and Governor and they updated them with the situation and sought action against the responsible persons who are anti-nationals,” RSS spokesperson Pradip Jain told The Indian Express.
A press release by RSS Prant Sanghchalak Jayantibhai Bhadesiya warned the authorities “not to take lightly the signals emerging from incident wherein swayamsevaks were targeted by anti-national elements”, and demanded strong action from the government against the divisive forces and anti-national elements.
Bhadesiya said, “RSS criticises loss of life of Hindus and damage to their property in strong words.” Expressing his sympathy to families of those who died and were injured in the clashes, he called for a thorough investigation into the incident.
RSS officials claimed that both the victims were active members at the mandal (with a population of 10,000) level. They demanded government’s intervention as Sandeep Patel and Pratik Patel were “brutally killed in a communal clash”.
The public statement by the RSS comes two days after local BJP leaders from Bharuch district held a close-door meeting with some 100 local BJP members who resigned over the “police framing charges” against party leaders in one of the “murder cases” during the clashes.
Rafiq Sheikh, a tempo driver who had also been injured in the clash, died Saturday.
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