Inter-state manhunt for seer Sant Kalicharan over Gandhi hate speech

Kalicharan, after an FIR was lodged against him in Raipur, reiterated his assertions against Gandhi in a video clip  issued from an unidentified place and said he wouldn’t regret the remarks.
Mahatma Gandhi (File Photo)
Mahatma Gandhi (File Photo)

RAIPUR:  Chhattisgarh Police is on an inter-state hunt for Hindu seer Sant Kalicharan over his alleged statements against Mahatma Gandhi. Teams have been sent to Maharashtra, MP and Delhi in search of the 
‘absconding’ seer. 

Kalicharan, after an FIR was lodged against him in Raipur, reiterated his assertions against Gandhi in a video clip  issued from an unidentified place and said he wouldn’t regret the remarks even if he had to face death penalty. 

Confirming that the police are on a manhunt, a senior police officer said a team has been sent to Akola where the seer’s ashram is located.  A two-day Dharam Sansad was organised in Raipur on December 25-26 where Gandhi emerged as an additional target to revile besides Islam and Christianity. 

“If he (Kalicharan) is so courageous, why doesn’t he surrender and face the law instead of giving statements from outside Chhattisgarh,” said Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Senior BJP leader Raman Singh claimed the Dharam Sansad was sponsored by the ruling Congress, which, however, rejected the claim. 

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand police has sent notices of appearance to Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and Sadhvi Annapurna who are accused of delivering hate speeches against Muslims at a Dharma Sansad held recently in Haridwar.

Jitendra Narayan Tyagi was earlier known as Waseem Rizvi, the president of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board.

Rizvi had changed his name after converting to Hinduism.

Haridwar Kotwali police station SHO Rakender Singh Kathait said on Wednesday, "We have sent notices of appearance to Rizvi and Sadhvi Annapurna so far. A notice may also be sent to Dharamdas who is the third one named in the FIR lodged in this connection."

Meanwhile, members of a core committee formed by organisers of the Dharma Sansad on Tuesday submitted an application to police seeking a counter FIR against an unnamed 'maulana' accusing him of hatching a conspiracy against them.

When asked whether a counter FIR will be lodged in the case, the official said everything depends on how the investigations progress.

"We are looking into the application submitted on behalf of the core committee formed by organisers of the event and an FIR will be lodged if necessary," he said.

Kathait said police has to carry out the investigations responsibly as it is also accountable to the court of law.

"We cannot jump to conclusions on the basis of mere allegations and penalise someone. The allegations will be probed and appropriate action will be taken," he said.

Provocative speeches were delivered by participants at the Dharma Sansad held from December 16 to 19.

(With PTI Inputs)

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