Sikh turban row: Bengal home dept accuses BJP of communalising issue – kolkata

The West Bengal home division on Sunday afternoon stated {that a} sure political social gathering was including communal color to the October 8 incident in Howrah, the place a Sikh man’s turban got here off ,when the police have been attempting to arrest him on prices of carrying a pistol.

The incident occurred in the course of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) march to Nabanna, the state secretariat. Videos of the jostling and the Sikh man’s garments being pulled by policemen have since gone viral.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh and a number of other members of the Sikh group have raised their voice towards the incident. They have stated it was an insult to the Sikh group and the accused, Balvinder Singh.

The BJP has began a marketing campaign on this issue.

“Our Sikh brothers and sisters live here in West Bengal in perfect peace and harmony, in happiness and tranquility, with respect from all of us for their faith and practices. A recent incident when one isolated individual got caught with one illegally carried firearm in an agitation that was not authorised and is now being twisted out of context, distorted and given communal colours in fractious and partisan interests,” tweeted the state home division.

“One political party is giving communal colour to the subject in narrow partisan interests in a manner that Bengal does not believe in. Policing was done as per law, but highest respect for the Sikh panth and ways from the state government is affirmed,” the tweet added.

Bengal BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated, “Tweets will not help. The nation has seen the videos. The police have hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.”

Earlier, Ghosh had stated that Singh is the bodyguard of a BJP youth entrance chief and works for a personal safety company. He has a sound licence for the pistol, Ghosh had claimed.

However, police have discovered that the licence was issued in Kashmir and it’s not legitimate in West Bengal.

“The Sikh community has been insulted. We saw in the videos that the man was isolated from the rest of the people and dragged along the ground. The turban did not fall off by accident,” Union minister of state Babul Supriyo instructed a TV information channel. “From lawlessness to the arrest of al-Qaeda terrorists, there is every reason to impose President’s rule in Bengal,’’ he said.

Saugata Ray, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) Lok Sabha member and a party spokesperson, said, “Babul Supriyo is new to politics. He has not studied the Constitution. Before enforcing Article 356, an advisory has to be issued under Article 355. That has not been done.”

The October 8 incident has triggered an uproar.

“Please look into this matter @MamataOfficial this isn’t done,” former Indjan cricketer Singh had tweeted on Friday night, tagging Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. He had additionally posted tweets and information video clippings tweeted by BJP’s Delhi unit secretary Impreet Singh Bakshi.

The similar tweets and movies have been additionally shared by BJP nationwide secretary Arvind Menon and different social gathering leaders. “In Bengal, is there no respect for people from other religious faiths except for a specific one?” tweeted Menon.

Members of the Sikh group have additionally staged two protests in Kolkata.

The agitation was marked by “unprovoked” baton cost and use of tear gasoline by the police that left 1,500 individuals injured, the BJP has alleged.

At least 24 BJP leaders, together with the social gathering’s nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Menon, have been booked for violating the Central authorities’s pointers on gatherings and political rallies owing to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak.

The agitation was organised by the social gathering’s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). It was marked by pitched battles between the police and the social gathering staff in components of Kolkata and Howrah, the place Nabanna is situated.

The BJP leaders have been additionally charged for destroying public properties and violating prohibitory orders below Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).


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