Assam police ban Pravin Togadia from holding meeting in Guwahati


Guwahati, July 17: Police in Assam have banned Pravin Togadia, president of newly-formed Aantarashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), from holding meetings in Guwahati, saying his “inflammatory” speeches could hurt the sentiment of the religious minority community in the state.
The former international working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who quit the organisation in April this year, is slated to arrive in Guwahati on July 17 and address AHP meetings and also the media in the next two days.
Guwahati police commissioner Hiren Nath on Tuesday issued a prohibitory order asking Togadia to abstain from attending any event organised by AHP or delivering any speech anywhere in the city without appropriate permission.
“It has been brought to my notice that very sensitive and inflammatory speeches have been made by Togadia at various places….such speeches will hurt the sentiment of religious minority community and create a deep sense of insecurity among them, which is very likely to disturb public peace and order,” Nath said in his order.
The order will remain in force from July 17 for another two months.
The police order also took note of the ongoing updation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam. The final draft of the updated NRC, which seeks to weed out illegal migrants, will be released on July 30.
The updated NRC will exclude names of people who entered Assam illegally post March 24, 1971, and there are fears that exclusion of names from the list might result in a law and order situation in the state. (Agencies)