Kajal Hindusthani: In the eye of Una clash storm, right-wing, ‘anti-love jihad’ activist (The Indian Express)

Days after being booked for hate speech in Gujarat's Una that allegedly provoked communal tension and riot there, Kajal Hindusthani was not arrested till Thursday

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Written by Rashi MishraGopal B Kateshiya

Four days after an FIR was lodged against her for her speech at a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally in Una town of Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district, which allegedly provoked communal tension and riot there, right-wing Hindutva activist Kajal Shingala a.k.a Kajal Hindusthani is yet to be arrested.

The police is looking for Kajal Hindusthani, who is in her 40s, for her alleged hate speech delivered at the VHP meeting on Ram Navami on March 30, following which a clash broke out in Una between two groups there.

On April 1, the Una police filed an FIR against about 75 alleged rioters, who were also detained. All of them are from Una.

The police filed another FIR against Kajal Hindusthani on April 2. “Kajal Hindusthani has been booked for hate speech and instigating communal violence and riot between two groups,” said NK Goswami, the Una police station inspector.

On April 2, Kajal Hindusthani’s Twitter handle announced her presence at an upcoming “Hindu Jagruti Sammelan” to be held in New Delhi.

Gir Somnath district in-charge superintendent of police, Sripal Sheshma, told The Indian Express on April 2: “Two FIRs were filed at the Una police station against Kajal Hindusthani, who allegedly gave the hate speech on Ram Navami, and against those from both the groups allegedly involved in rioting. More than 60 persons have been detained from both sides. More people will be detained as and when they will be identified after the analysis of the footage and body cameras. Hindusthani cannot be found at her residence and we are yet to detain her.”

On April 3, Sheshma told the Express: “More people are being detained now. Shingala (Kajal Hindusthani) would be detained in a day or two, she was in Delhi or Noida when the FIR was filed against her on Sunday. We had earlier gone to search for her at her Jamnagar residence.”

Kajal Hindusthani is a native of Rajasthan, whose maiden name is Kajal Trivedi. She married a businessman from Jamnagar, Jwalant Shingala, about two decades ago…

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