Mayawati urges Centre, UP govt to take strong action against those forcing people to chant religious slogans

  • BSP chief Mayawati alleged that a 'wrong practice' of forcing people to chant religious slogans has begun in Uttar Pradesh and a few other states

  • Mayawati's remarks came after a cleric said that he was forced to chant 'jai shri Ram', she sought action from the Centre and state governments

  • Imam Imlaq-ur-Rehman, a Muzaffarnagar resident, was going to his village on his motorcycle on Saturday, when nearly 12 youngsters attacked him

Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Monday alleged that a "wrong practice" of forcing people to chant religious slogans has begun in Uttar Pradesh and a few other states while seeking tough action from the Centre and state governments.

Mayawati's remarks came after a cleric claimed that he was forced to chant jai shri ram. "In some states, including Uttar Pradesh, a wrong practice of forcing people to chant religious slogans and committing atrocities has begun, and it should be condemned," she tweeted.

She also said in her tweet, "There is a need for the Centre and state governments to take tough action against it so that brotherhood and harmony are maintained everywhere and development is not affected."

Citing a complaint lodged by the cleric, SP Shailesh Kumar Pandey said Imam Imlaq-ur-Rehman, a Muzaffarnagar resident, was going to his village on his motorcycle on Saturday, when nearly 12 youngsters accosted him, beat him up and also pulled his beard.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has booked nearly 12 youths in the matter, Pandey added.

Updated Date: Jul 15, 2019 16:12:11 IST