If our warriors are not freed, we will resort to bombing like Bhagat Singh: Anand Swaroop

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Anand Swaroop Maharaj, a Hindutva leader and defendant in the Haridwar Dharam Sansad case, has threatened to follow Bhagat Singh’s path and bombard the assembly, if the only two defendants arrested in the case are not released , within a week.

Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi aka Waseem Rizvi was arrested on January 13 in the Haridwar hate speech case. Uttarakhand police also arrested Dasna Devi chief priest Yati Narsinghanad on January 15 for his misogynistic remarks about women, following which charges of hate speech were added.

At another similar Dharma Sansad held in Prayagraj on Sunday, Swaroop, who also happens to be the chairman of Shankaracharya Parishad, a Varanasi-based group, said the religious order was adopted and the country was declared ” Hindu Rashtra”. The community has three demands that are conveyed to the government through the press and social media.

“The order has been passed to the country’s 125 million Hindus to record history accordingly. It is essential to spread the unrest and put pressure on the government, who will eventually bow to the public demand said Swaroop.

Swaroop offered three requests to the Dharma Sansad. The first is for the country to be declared a Hindu Rashtra.

“The prime minister has been instructed to rectify the ‘constitutional error’ of calling it a secular state and to strengthen the anti-conversion law by sentencing those who convert to death. And finally, we demand the release of our two religious warriors, who have been arrested.

“If our warriors are not freed within a week, the government must be prepared to face disastrous consequences. It is possible that the Bhagat Singh assembly incident will happen again,” threatened Swaroop, with a smile.

The incident referred to is the Central Assembly bombing case where freedom fighters Bhagat Singh and BK Dutt threw bombs at the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi on April 8 1929, in a protest against British imperialism and the unpopular Trade Disputes Bill.

Hate against minorities has been on the rise in the country since last year, after a three-day Dharma Sansad between December 17 and 19 where various Hindutva leaders openly spewed hatred against religious minorities with the slogan “shastra mev jayte”.

Swaroop, in the Haridwar Dharma Sansad, had threatened a revolt like that of 1857 if the government did not listen to their demands of a Hindu Rashtra. He had also threatened people, hotels and restaurants in Haridwar not to celebrate Christmas or face the consequences.

When videos of the hateful conclave surfaced on social media, complaints were filed with the police against the leaders. The arrests did not take place until a month later, the Supreme Court having intervened.

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