Sangh Parivar equates Muslims to demons, threaten to behead them.
By Sreekanth A Nair
As the ruling BJP and its parent organization RSS is facing criticism for rising intolerance in India, in a meeting of Sangh Parivar held in Agra on Sunday, leaders allegedly threatened Muslim community of a final battle against the community.
A condolence meeting held for Viswa Hindu Parishad worker Arun Mahaur, who was allegedly killed by some Muslim youth last week, turned out to be a center of hate-speech, reported The Indian Express.
Prominent leaders of the BJP, including Union Minister of State, HRD, and BJP Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria, as well as the BJP’s Fatehpur Sikri MP Babu Lal, were present at the meeting.
Speakers equated Muslims to “demons” and “descendants of Ravana.” Leaders said that all preparations had been made to start a fight against the Muslims and the revenge would be effected before the 13th day of the death rituals of Arun Mahaur.
“Human skulls would be offered to his martyrdom,” said VHP district secretary Ashok Lavania.
Mentioning the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, BJP MLA Jagan Prasad Garg said, “you will have to fire bullets, you will have to take up rifles, you will have to wield knives. Elections are approaching in 2017, begin showing your strength from now onwards.”
VHP general secretary Surendra Jain threatened that a riot like one that happened in Muzaffarnagar two years back would take place in Agra.
“You have seen the result in Muzaffarnagar. Don’t convert Agra into Muzaffarnagar,” he said.
Union Minister and BJP Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria urged the spectators to start a struggle against the community.
“We have to make ourselves powerful. We have to launch a struggle. If we don’t begin a struggle, then today we have lost an Arun, tomorrow we will lose another. Doosra jane se pehle, yeh hatyare hi chale jayen is prakar ki taqat humen dikhani hogi (Before another is lost, we must show such strength that these killers themselves disappear),” he said.
Another BJP MP Babulal asked the party cadres to start a fight against Muslims. “Don’t try to test us… We will not tolerate insults to the community. We do not want unrest at any cost, but if you want to test Hindus, then let’s decide a date and take on Muslims,” he said.
Openly urging to behead Muslims, Local BJP leader Kundanika Sharma, said “But we want the heads of these traitors, the killers of Arun Mahaur,” she said. “This is not the time to sit quiet. Chhapa maaro, burqa pehno, lekin inhen gher-gher kar le aao. Ek sar ke badle dus sar kaat lo (Raid them, wear burqas, but corner them. Behead ten heads for one head).”
VHP district secretary Ashok Lavania termed Muslims to ‘rakshas’ (demons) and threatened that the youth would take revenge for the death of their brother.
Threatening Muslims and urging their followers to kill Muslims, many other local leaders of BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal delivered furious speeches at the meeting.
The police have arrested five accused in connection with Mahaur murder case. Mahaur had a scuffle between the five a day before the murder happened.