Tension continues in Gorakhpur

Tension continues in GorakhpurNDTV Correspondent

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 (Gorakhpur):

Communal tension remains in Gorukhpur in the east of Uttar Pradesh where more than 50 members of the BJP’s women’s wing protested outside the Kotwali area.

Reports say tension spread to nearby districts after communal violence swept through Gorakhpur in the past few days.

The Central government has asked authorities in Uttar Pradesh for a report on the incidents in the past few days.

The protestors demanded the release of BJP MP Adiyanath Yogi held on Saturday on a charge of inciting violence.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini held protests in the districts of Maharjgang, Kushinagar, Devariya and Basti.

For the past five years the BJP MP has been nurturing the group of unemployed Hindu youths believed to be in their thousands.

They reportedly follow the agressive agenda of Hindutva. On Tuesday, Avaidyanath said, “I am not teaching Hindus to be aggressive, but if Hindus are troubled unnecessarily by other religions we must retaliate”.

The Director of General of Police told a press conference that the immediate release of Adityanand was ruled out.

The violence and tension forced authorities to transfer four key officials, including the district magistrate and police officers.

Observers say, the incidents of violence may be political attempts to create divisions in the vote bank.

“I do not agree that any of this violence happens on its own,”
says political analyst Purshottam Thakur.

“The state is in flux, and to make the most of it in the absence of any issues, the political parties, specially the Samajwadi Party and the BJP are keen to divide the voters as they know that it will help them,” he says.

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