Bajrang Dal slam for distributing Muslim bahu lao flyer

The UP Minorities Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police of Agra seeking report and recommending action against RSS-wing Bajrang Dal for allegedly spreading communal hatred.

According to Commission said the campaign ‘beti bachao, bahu lao’ is “targeting a particular community and spreading communal hatred among communities”.

The Commission has asked the DM and the SSP to submit its action-taken report within a week, citing details of the officials who have tolerated such act and have shown negligence in taking prompt action since the right-wing outfit announced its campaign.

The Commission’s notice claims that the activists of Bajrang Dal had distributed pamphlets among college-going girl students in Agra. These pamphlets, according to the notice, contained messages of “warning to the Hindu girls not to fall in the trap of ‘love jihad’”. This amounts to a hate campaign, the Commission points out, as it targets the Muslim community solely on a pre-conceived notion that “Muslim youths trap Hindu girls in relationships”.

The Commission has named Ajju Chauhan as the person behind the campaign. Chauhan, the state convener of Bajrang Dal, was also named by the Commission as the man behind the “ghar wapsi” campaign held in December last year.

“We have issued the notice today. The matter is serious as in the past too, Agra had been the epicentre of the religious conversion row. Police administration should have been on alert, the commission said.

Shafi Azmi, a member of the Commission, said: “Agra has become hypersensitive. Last year, we had visited the city after there were reports that Muslims were being forcibly converted.

Once the district administration replies to the notice, the Commission will take a call on further action.