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Two-month ban on Pravin Togadia from holding meeting in Guwahati

A prohibitory order, under Section 144 of the CrPC, was issued by Guwahati Commissioner of Police Hiren Nath ahead of Togadia’s scheduled visit to Guwahati from July 17 to 20.

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati | Updated: July 18, 2018 5:44:20 am
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The Assam police on Tuesday barred former VHP leader Pravin Togadia from attending any public function in the state capital for the next two months, fearing that his “inflammatory speeches” could hurt sentiments of minorities and create law and order disturbances.

A prohibitory order, under Section 144 of the CrPC, was issued by Guwahati Commissioner of Police Hiren Nath ahead of Togadia’s scheduled visit to Guwahati from July 17 to 20. He was to address a meeting at a city auditorium on July 18 and mediapersons the next day.

In the prohibitory order, Nath directed Togadia to “abstain from attending any event organised by Antarashtriya Hindu Parishad, Assam Pradesh, and making any speech therein, or making any inflammatory speech at any other places or through any media in any part of Guwahati Police Commissionerate without appropriate permission from the Commissioner of police, Guwahati”.

Togadia, however, can appear before Nath for filing written objection for cancellation or modification of the order.

The police order referred to the ongoing upgrade process of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, the final draft of which is expected to be published on July 30. The process is an attempt to identify illegal immigrants in the state.

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