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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Three neo-Buddhist converts arrested for burning Hindu granthas after protest by locals: R’than

A case of Hindu granthas being burnt by neo-Buddhists at a mass conversion to Buddhism event has come to the fore from Rajasthan’s Barmer. Barmer police arrested three people including one Ajmal in this regard on December 27. The incident took place on Sunday, December 25 as confirmed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Narpat Singh to the news agency ANI.

It must be mentioned that Neo-Ambedkarites observe ‘Manusmriti Dahan Divas’ every December 25 as Dr BR Ambedkar did so in 1927. Hindu organizations alleged that pages of the Bhagavad Gita were burnt while Bhim Army claimed it burnt pages of Manusmriti.

A video showing Hindu grantha being burned went viral on social media. A case was registered and three persons were taken into custody by the police. Ajmal, Amritlal and Arjunsingh are the three accused who have been arrested in this matter. Police said that they are investigating the matter and they might arrest more people.

The December 25 conversion event to Buddhism was organized by advocates Amrit Dante, Bhant Kashyap, and their associates of Samta Sainik Dal. The event was organised at Bhakasar in district Barmer, Rajasthan. The viral video not only shows pages of the grantha being burned but even the remains were crushed under the feet.

Hindus protested on December 26 and registered a complaint with the Bhakasar police station. ASP Singh stated that a case was registered under Section 151 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police are also attempting to get the video removed from social media platforms. It is worth mentioning that Bhakasar is a sensitive area that shares a border with Pakistan.

Hindu community members accused anti-social elements of attempting to create law and order problems in the country. Locals said they have no issue if anyone chooses to embrace Buddhism but they would not tolerate the insult of Hindu granthas.

(Featured Image Source: Amar Ujala)

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