Former Rajasthan BJP MLA, others booked for communal speech in Alwar

According to the FIR, Ahuja allegedly announced that 5,000-10,000 people will assemble near the village on July 25 and bring weapons such as sticks, swords, spears and licenced guns.

POLICE IN Rajasthan’s Alwar district have registered an FIR against former BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja and nine others for alleged communal speeches and criminal intimidation in a village where he had gone to meet the family of a 12-year-old gangrape victim on July 3.

“Ahuja and the others gave inflammatory and communal speeches, abused and threatened to kill people from Meo community living in the village and nearby areas,” said the FIR, which was registered on July 7.

Filed on the basis of a complaint by local advocate Aas Mohammad Khan, the FIR has invoked IPC provisions relating to promoting enmity between different groups and criminal intimidation among others.

According to the FIR, Ahuja allegedly announced that 5,000-10,000 people will assemble near the village on July 25 and bring weapons such as sticks, swords, spears and licenced guns.

“He also said Meo Muslims should be driven out and used anti-Muslim rhetoric which can stoke communal tension,” alleged advocate Khan, the complainant.

In videos of the incident circulated on social media, Ahuja can be seen saying it will be a ‘Hindu rally’ on July 25 and that he no longer regards people from the Meo community as brothers.

“The FIR against me has been filed under political pressure,” Ahuja told The Indian Express on Friday. “When Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi can go to meet rape victims, what is the issue if I went to meet such a family? There has been an increase in such cases…. Meos will be our brothers when they don’t molest our women, don’t capture our land and don’t break our temples. I am not against all Muslims but criminal tendencies have spread among most Meos.”

He confirmed that he has given a call for the July 25 rally. “We have decided on holding the rally of Hindus. Meos won’t be allowed in the rally. I have appealed to everyone to not enter into confrontations with Meos or the police during the rally,” said Ahuja.

The police said no arrest has been made in connection with the FIR till now. “We have registered the case against Ahuja and others and investigation is being carried out. So far, no arrest has been made,” said Ramkishan, Station House Officer of Ramgarh police station. “ As for the gangrape case, we have arrested two of the three accused.”

Apart from Ahuja, who is a three-time former MLA from Ramgarh, the FIR names Raman Gulati, Brahmamuni, Jawaharlal Taneja, Rajendra Sharma, Gopal Thekedar, Rajkumar Teerthani, Sachin Paliwal, Hetram Murtikar and Jagdish Jatav.

Ahuja has a history of making controversial statements. In December 2017, he had said that any person who indulges in cow smuggling or slaughter of a cow will be killed. In 2016, he had alleged that 3,000 used condoms, 500 used abortion injections were found on JNU campus.

Source: The Indian Express

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