Hindu group holds protests in Lucknow

November 17th, 2008 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Nov 17 (IANS) A group of Hindu sadhus from Uttar Pradesh Monday staged a demonstration at the assembly complex here, accusing the Congress party of “framing” a number of them in a case of terrorist attack.The demonstration was held under the banner of the Akhil Bhratiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM), which also decided to present a memorandum to the prime minister against the the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police.

“Besides Hindu sadhus, the congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government is also flasely framing Hindu army officials for political benefits. This is being done to divert the attention away from the Islamic militancy that the country is facing for the past two and a half decades,” state ABHM head Mahant Narayan Giri said.

Sadhvi Divya Giri of the Mankameshwar temple, Lucknow, accused the ATS of “mentally harrasing” Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a prime accused in the Malegaon blast case.

“Not even a terrorist in the country has been subjected to repeated narco-analysis tests as the ATS has been doing with Pragya. This is a conspiracy of the government to woo the Muslim voters,” said Divya, who says she and Pragya are disciples of the same guru.

Mahant Giri added: “We also demand that the millions of Bangladeshis, who are living illegally in various parts of the country, should be driven out of here as they are one of the root causes of the increased terror activities in the country.”

Sadhvi Pragya and nine others have been in the ATS custody for their alleged role in the Sep 29 bomb blast in the Maharashtra town of Malegaon that claimed six lives.

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