Karnataka: A lawyers' association has filed complaints at the Director-General of Police in the state and Superintendent of Police in Tumakuru district here against two Hindu groups' leaders for provocative statements, The News Minute (TNM) reported.
All-India Lawyers' Association for Justice (AILAJ) filed the petition against the duo Basavaraj and Ullas, the Karnataka Convenor of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the state secretary of Hindu Jagaran Vedike, respectively.
The AILAJ, quoting a report by Public TV, said that there are videos of Basavaraj where he has seen saying, "I am giving a warning to all goonda bad Muslim jihadis, if Hindu community hold weapons in their hands, there won't even be any place to bury you. We are giving you a warning in this fashion. Listen, you of Hindu community," the TNM report says.
In its letter to the Karnataka police, AILAJ also quoted a Deccan Herald report about remarks by Ullas where he said that his group would resort to violence if needed to protect Hindu Dharma. He said that a young brigade would be formed to teach Jihadi terrorists a lesson and counter-attacks on Dharma and the nation. Ullas claimed that organisations like SDPI and PFI continued attacks on Hindus, and after former CM Siddaramaiah withdrew cases against PFI activists, many Hindus were murdered.
AILAJ letter stated that the Hindu leaders' statements upset the fabric of secularism and fraternity in the society. The remarks amount to provocation, intend to cause riots and promote enmity between different groups. These are punishable under IPC sections 153, 153 (A) and 153(B). The letter added that unlawful assembly is a public nuisance and punishable under section 290. While illegal assembly is a crime under section 143, gathering against police orders to disperse also comes to an offence under section 145, the letter added.
The letter further said that the remarks were made at public events for which police have given no permission. Citing a Supreme Court verdict, the letter added that non-state actors could not be allowed to take the place of law or law enforcing agencies.