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Mumbai: Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were seen protesting near Malad’s Malvani police station on Saturday after a video of police personnel removing a banner for Ayodhya Ram temple’s donation on January 15 was widely circulated.
The poster for Ram Mandir Nidhi Sankalan Abhiyan was allegedly taken down on the pretext that Malvani is a sensitive area, an India Today report said.
A case of rioting was registered against a group of men who reached the local police station to register their protest, shouting “Jai Shri Ram” slogans.
BJP’s local unit raised the issue alleging that it is for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) to remove posters and police have overreached with the act.
On Saturday, Gopal Shetty, the BJP MP from North Mumbai and leader of Opposition Praveen Dareakar led a protest near Malvani police station, demanding action against the cops accused.
“There is no sensitive area in India… Even Kashmir is not a sensitive area anymore, it has become an integral part of India. If Malvani is a sensitive area, it’s the failure of the police. We have been assured a probe will be initiated against the police personnel who removed the poster. I will ensure that action is taken against them. If a poster is illegal, it’s the BMC’s job to remove it, not the police’s,” the India Today report quoted Shetty as saying.
Two days ago, a protest was staged by Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) youth wing Bajrang Dal in Hyderabad after Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA K Vidyasagar Rao urged people not to offer donations for Ram temple being built in Ayodhya. Protesters burnt an effigy with pictures of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and Vidyasagar Rao.