Reports have emerged of Hanuman Chalisa being burnt in Bathinda on May 16. The burnt copy was discovered in the city’s Qila Sahib area. Available information says miscreants set the Hanuman Chalisa on fire and threw the remains in the dust bin. The police confiscated the burnt pages and initiated an investigation after receiving information regarding the incident.
OpIndia report on the protests by Hindu organizations on the issue says:
Hindu organizations staged a protest against the incident of sacrilege of Hanuman Chalisa. Leaders of Hindu organizations and BJP leaders received the information late evening about the incident. Speaking to OpIndia, BJP leader Sukhpal Saran said, “In most probability, those who left Hindu and Sikh religions are involved in these incidents. Such incidents of sacrilege have been happening for a long time. They choose days like Dusherra, Diwali, Gurupurab and other festivals for such incidents to provoke Hindus and Sikhs. Cases were registered against such elements.”
Blaming Aam Aadmi Party for inaction, he said, “I would like to point out that since Kejriwal became active in Punjab politics, such incidents have increased. I feel this is political propaganda to defame religious groups and political parties like BJP and Akali Dal.”
Saran added, “Notably, in the previous cases, no concrete solution was provided by the previous governments as per law. People are angry, and AAP is getting benefitted from the anger. He promised to take strict action against incidents of sacrilege, but nothing happened since AAP came to power.”
Saran also highlighted the failures of the previous governments in curbing instances of sacrilege. He said that neither the Akali Dal nor the Congress governments took strict action against such incidents. Therefore, frustrated voters opted for AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) but the results are the same. “If you notice, 20 such incidents have taken place since Kejriwal got active in Punjab”, he said adding that AAP was using diversionary tactics to hide its incompetence in keeping its pre-poll promises.
Bathinda SSP J Elanchezian said that the police were investigating the matter. “The CCTV footage is being checked, and those who insulted Hanuman Chalisa will be arrested soon”, he said.
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