Agra: An FIR has been registered against BJP corporator Kundanika Sharma and three others for alleged hate speeches in Agra, police sources said.
The FIR also stated that Ram Shankar Katheria, minister of the state in Human Resource Development Ministry and Fatehpur Sikri MP Choudhary Babu Lal were present at the meeting, were the hate speeches were made.
On Tuesday evening, a condolence meeting was held for VHP leader Arun Mahaur who was shot dead on February 25.
Police sources said that the two Agra MPs and MLAs could be questioned during the investigations as their names were included in the FIR. However, Katheria has denied the charges and questioned the authenticity of media reports.
In protest against the FIR, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad plans to take the "battle to the people", the Hindu Jagran Manch demanded arrest of those responsible for cow slaughter under National Security Act.
The Yuva Kori Samaj has announced "asthi kalash yatra" in a specially designed vehicle driven by seven horses, from Chitra Talkies area in Agra to Bodla crossing, on 8 March.
Local BJP leaders also plans to stage protests at the police stations in the district.
District president Ashok Rana said a strategy for mass mobilisation against the government action was being drawn up.
The FIR was registered on a complaint made by Jaipur House colony police chowki in-charge Anil Kumar alleging that those named had made provocative hate speeches to disturb communal harmony, the police sources said.
Senior superintendent of police Preetendra Singh said that video clip was being monitored and all those making objectionable remarks will be booked under the hate speeches law.
Members of the NSUI in a memorandum to the SSP have demanded action against Katheria for allegedly giving "seditious speech" targeting sections of the society.
Congress state unit secretary Shabbir Abbas has also demanded action against the minister.
Purushottam Khandelwal, president of the BJP Braj Prant, has said that the local administration was clearly under pressure from the state government to file a case and compelling people to take to the streets.
Meanwhile, the VHP has clarified that Sadhvi Prachi was not an office bearer or spokesperson of the parishad, after she appeared at the condolence meeting.
"The signals are clear. Passions are being charged and the tussle is being prolonged even after the arrest of five accused in the case. A candle light march was organised at the Shaheed Smarak on Tuesday evening for the deceased VHP leader Arun Mahaur. The locals luckily have so far shown little interest in the ongoing war of words between the BJP leaders and the opposition parties," said activist Shravan Kumar Singh.
First Published On : Mar 2, 2016 10:43 IST