Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, a district court lawyer, on Sunday dared the administration to lodge a second FIR against him and exhorted youths to take out another Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra on August 28, “come what may”.
The first procession had to be cancelled after it was attacked in Nuh on July 31. Like in Tigra, Bhardwaj again targeted members of a particular community and called for their social and economic boycott. “We don’t need anybody’s permission to bring out this yatra. We will do whatever is needed to protect our religion. Come what may,” he told the gathering of over 1,000 villagers in Palwal.
Bhardwaj was booked along with another member of a right-wing outfit, Babita Karhana, after the Tigra panchayat. An FIR was registered against them under sections 153A (act prejudicial to harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities), 153B (makes or publishes any assertion or appeal concerning the obligation of any class of persons that is likely to cause disharmony), 188 (deliberate disobedience of an order that is duly promulgated by a public servant empowered by law to do so) and 505 (public mischief with intent to incite) of the IPC. Babita did not attend the meet this Sunday.
The panchayat was organised in Palwal after the authorities denied permission for the event in Nuh, where a curfew is in force. Bhardwaj said the yatra — in its third year — would follow its usual route. It will start from Gurgaon, pass through the Nalhar Shiv temple in Nuh and culminate at the Shringaar temple in the district.
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“We will bring out the yatra. The onus is now on the police and the administration to ensure our security. No one can stop this yatra now. We have been doing this for years and will complete it this time too,” he added.
Azad Shashtri, who identified himself as an acharya of Gau Rakshak Dal, asked youths to not let FIRs deter them. “We should not be scared of FIRs. There is one against me too. But that hasn’t deterred me,” he told the participants.
Arun Jaildaar, the head of sarpanches of 52 villages whose residents participated in the Palwal panchayat, sought a Rs 1 crore compensation for the families of the youths who died in the violence earlier this month. “Those who lost their lives while protecting their religion should be given the title of a martyr. People who die for ‘desh aur dharm (country and religion)’ are no less than martyrs. We should pay homage to them,” he added.
Later, he told TOI that cases related to the Nuh violence should be heard in Gurgaon, Palwal, Rewari or any other district. Ratan Singh Saorot, the national secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Union, called for a permanent unit of the central forces in Nuh.
“We should also put an end to cow slaughter,” he added. The opposition slammed the BJP-JJP coalition in the state for allowing such panchayats to take place. Udai Bhan Singh, the Congress president in Haryana, said, “All they want to do is spread hatred and ruin the spirit of brotherhood that is still prevalent in the state.” Nuh SP Narendra Bijarniya did not respond to repeated calls and messages on whether the police would allow the August 28 yatra.