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Jailed Haryana godman’s followers held for ‘hurting’ Hindu sentiments

AGRA: Over 20 followers of jailed self-styled godman from Haryana, Rampal, were arrested by Aligarh police on Sunday for allegedly distributing books containing objectionable content against a Hindu god. The police complaint was made by a right-wing activist.

According to police, 22 Rampal followers were arrested as they were found distributing books containing pejorative words against a Hindu god.

Talking to TOI, SSP Rajesh Pandey said that a case has been registered against them under IPC sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc) and 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class). He added that the complainant, Brijesh Kanthak, is a member of an RSS-affiliated outfit, Dharam Jagran Samiti.

“We have filed a police complaint and have demanded strict action against them,” Kanthak said. However, one of Rampal’s followers, RK Das denied all allegations and said, “Our intention was not to hurt the sentiments of any person or religion. In case we have offended anyone, we apologize.”

Rampal ran the Satlok Ashram in Barwala in Haryana. He was facing charges in cases relating, arson, rioting, attempt to murder, wrongful confinement and preventing government servants from performing their duty. He was acquitted by a local court at Hisar in August 2017 in two cases related to rioting, unlawful assembly and use of force. However, he is still in jail as is facing several other charges including murder.
Source: Bing News

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