Bhopal: An audio clip in social networking circles revealing a Hindu right-wing activist threatening Harda SP (superintendent of police) of dire consequences, has sparked controversy in political circles. This development comes as chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviews law and order situation following communal flare-ups in parts of Madhya Pradesh, State home minister Babulal Gaur has instructed the SP to lodge a case against the caller.
The activist, belonging to a cow protection group, demanded release of his associates allegedly involved in an assault on a Muslim couple on suspicion of carrying beef in Kushinagar Express. The incident occurred at Khirkiya railway station on January 13 when some activists demanded to search the luggage for beef. After an altercation, the activists turned violent and manhandled the couple, who denied carrying beef. In the process, passengers and Hindu members exchanged blows. Police later, picked up nine persons, including some men but owner of the bag containing the meat escaped. A laboratory test confirmed it was not ‘beef’ but ‘buffalo meat’. The bag containing ‘suspected item’ also didn’t belong to the couple.
After investigation police rounded up more activists from cow protection group which led to sharp reactions from the Hindu right-wing. In the audio clip the activist named as ‘Tiger’ was heard threatening SP Prem Babu Sharma. He said, “SP sahab, ab to had ho gai. Paani sar se upar chala gaya hai. Fir AAP kahenge ki kanoon haath main liya. AAP humare aadmiyon ko naamjad case main deal race ho jo theek nahi hai”. (Mr SP, things have gone beyond control. Now you will say that we have taken law in our hand. You have named more of our members in FIR which is not justified). When SP Sharma told him to retract from his saying he will take law into hands, the caller said he is not committing any crime nor threatening him (SP). But reiterated that he will do everything to save Hinduism.
The person heard in the audio clip has been detained under National Securities Act (NSA) sometime back. We are taking action against him”, inspector general of police (IGP) of Narmadapuram Range Satish Saxena told TOI. He said police will do their job and will not bow to anyone’s pressure. Harda SP Prem Babu Sharma, however, parried the query saying he is in ‘an important meeting’.
To the controversy, state home minister Babulal Gaur said police will take appropriate action against the caller. “I have instructed SP Sharma to register a case against the caller immediately”, Gaur told.