Minister Claims ‘Conspiracy’ Against Hindus After VHP VP’s Killing

Leaders of the Hindu outfits have demanded firm action against suspects indulging in cow slaughter.

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Members from the hardline Hindu group, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) during a demonstration. (Photo: Reuters)

Hindu community is facing a “conspiracy” and it should strengthen itself and “set an example”, Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria said at a condolence meeting for a Dalit VHP leader.

The Lok Sabha member from Agra, along with Fatehpur Sikri MP Babu Lal were among the leaders of BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal who addressed the meeting held on Sunday following the killing of 50-year-old Arun Mahaur, VHP’s city vice president.

We will have to fight it because if we do not do it now, today we have lost one Arun, tomorrow it could be another Arun...the killers should also go, we have to set such an example.
Ram Shankar Katheria, Minister of State for HRD 

After the district authorities refused permission for a condolence meeting in Mantola area at the residence of Mahaur, the BJP had shifted the venue to Jaipur House colony, Ramlila ground. Sadhvi Prachi, Katheria along with local MLAs of the party were present.

If the Muslims have something in their mind, then draw a line and you will see the strength of the Hindu community
Babu Lal, Member of Parliament, Fatehpur Sikri 

Authorities have stepped up security in the city which has been gripped by tension following Mauhur’s murder. Additional companies of police and Rapid Action Force teams have been deployed in Mantola and Nai ki Mandi areas, official sources said on Monday.

A close vigil is being kept on the activities of BJP leaders as well as members of other saffron outfits like Bajrang Dal, the sources said. Police said that one of the accused has been arrested while another is absconding. They added that no complaints had been received in connection with alleged inflammatory speeches made at the condolence meeting.

Leaders of the Hindu outfits have demanded firm action against suspects indulging in cow slaughter and have asked for the compensation for the family of the deceased to be increased. The state government has announced Rs 15 lakh for the family.

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