Hindu Sena Calls Off Plan to ‘Clear’ Shaheen Bagh Protesters

Hindu Sena, on Sunday, 2 February withdrew the call for its supporters to “clear off the Shaheen Bagh protesters”.

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Protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.
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Far-right Hindutva outfit, Hindu Sena, on Sunday, 2 February withdrew the call for its supporters to gather at 11 am on Sunday and “clear off the Shaheen Bagh protests”.

In a press release, the group’s head, Vishnu Gupta, said they have taken the decision to call off the event “after meeting and discussing the law and order situation with South-East DCP Chinmoy Biswal and other senior officers of Delhi Police to maintain peace in the area.”

Gupta, in the press statement, urged Hindu Sena volunteers to “avoid gathering at Shaheen Bagh protest site as the Delhi Police has assured us that they will be clearing the blocked roads as soon as possible.”

“The event has been called-off after it was brought to our notice that our 29/01/2020 press release and video were circulated for the purpose of fear-mongering and to fuel riot-like situation by the anti-India elements organising and supporting the unconstitutional and illegal Shaheen Bagh protest.”
Vishnu Gupta said in a press release.

Gupta said, “The purpose of this event was to help clear off the roads connecting Delhi to Uttar Pradesh illegally blocked by miscreants since 50 days causing tremendous hardship to lakhs of common citizens.”

Video Gave a Call to “Hindu Brothers” to Reach Shaheen Bagh and End Protests

In the video posted on Saturday, 1 February, which The Quint has seen, a man can be heard calling those protesting at Shaheen Bagh as Rohingya Muslims. The videos says:

“Rohingya Muslims have blocked the Kalindi Kunj highway. On 2 Feb, please reach Delhi’s Sarita Vihar at 11:00 am gather in large numbers, share this video widely. Give a warning to the government, show your strength in numbers to show these Rohingya Muslims where they belong.”

It goes on to say that if the government and administration does not open the Kalandi Kunj highway by 2 February, then between 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the same day they will, without the help of the administration, open the road.

The video ends with chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.

Vishnu Gupta, on Saturday had told The Quint that “participation from West UP is expected”, adding that a thousand people are expected to turn up.

He had said in a press release earlier, “The locals in the area are also with us. Those who own showrooms right across the protest site are also tired of the ongoing protest. People in UP will also join as they are also hit severely by the blocking of the road. This inconvenience has dragged on too long.”

Complaints Lodged With Delhi Police

Three residents of Jamia Nagar had approached the administration and Delhi Police after coming across the video, The Quint has learnt.

Delhi Police received the complaint by Syeda Hameed, Shohini Ghosh and Samina Mishra. SC advocates Shahrukh Alam, Sumita Hazarika and Shomona Khanna have approached several administration wings in Delhi to ensure safety and security.

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