Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey booked for inappropriate comments against Savarkar

 thehindu.com  01/22/2020 13:35:18  2

Magsaysay Award winner and human rights activist Sandeep Pandey has been booked for allegedly making inappropriate comments against Hindutva ideologue Vir Savarkar.

On Tuesday, national vice president of Hindu Mahasabha Rajiv Kumar filed a complaint alleging that Mr. Pandey made the comments while addressing anti-citizenship law protesters at Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday, police said.

The FIR was lodged at the Civil Lines police station under Sections 153 A (provocation with intent to cause riots) and 505 (1)b (inciting public or community to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code.

In his address, Mr. Pandey had also said that the same people who divided Hindus and Muslims during the British Raj, are doing it now.

He had claimed that masked goons hired by some right-wing organisations have disrupted peaceful protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia and AMU and they were the real culprits behind the violence in these varsities.

Meanwhile, noted historian Irfan Habib has accused Uttar Pradesh Police of using pressure tactics to crush the democratic rights of citizens to protest peacefully.

He said police were behaving in a partisan manner and deliberately trying to suppress dissent.

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