At ‘dharm sabha’ in Uttarakhand, call for targeted violence (The Times of India)

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DEHRADUN: Several seers at a ‘dharm sabha’ held by Uttarakhand-based right-wing group, Rudra Sena, in Chakrata made derogatory comments against minorities and allegedly called for their economic boycott and even violence against them.

The event, held on April 20, was “allowed” following a conditional nod by the local administration which clearly stated that “no hate speech should be made at the event or anything that might hurt the sentiments of Muslims amid the ongoing month of Ramzan.”
‘Event was held in presence of cops who videographed it, no complaint received’
In some of the videos, accessed by TOI, participants can be purportedly heard making statements in Hindi, saying: “No nonSanatani would be allowed to settle in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand” and “peace cannot prevail in the world, unless every ‘jihadi’ is eliminated.”

President of Hindu Raksha Sena and representative of a prominent akhara, Prabodhanand Giri, was also present. The addresses of the participants were live streamed on Facebook. One of the participants, Hathyogi Maharaj, the former national spokesperson of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad, purportedly said, “If saints and seers talk of eliminating ‘jihad’, is it wrong? If they say that in a democratic way, then it should be supported by every government and citizen of the country.” He further said, “I want to congratulate our CM Pushkar Singh Dhami that he had ordered the demolition of around 1,000 mazars…”

Another participant could be heard appealing to the gathering: “Don’t buy anything from them. You should trade only among yourselves…” President of Hindu Raksha Sena, Prabodhanand Giri, who could be seen coordinating with the speakers on stage, said, “Peace will not come in the world unless every ‘jihadi’ is eliminated.” Speaking with TOI on Monday about his comments, Giri added, “The state government should stop tourism and instead promote pilgrimage in Devbhoomi…(but) many non-Hindus are infiltrating into the state.”

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