Se­cu­rity upped at ‘Hanu­man dham’ in Muzaf­far­na­gar

As Bhim Army calls for the takeover of all such tem­ples

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Se­cu­rity has been re­in­forced at the 'Hanu­man dham' in Shukratal here as Bhim Army ac­tivists may at­tempt to take it over, po­lice said on Satur­day.

The move comes days af­ter Bhim Army chief Chan­drashekhar said on Sun­day that mem­bers of the Dalit com­mu­nity should take over all Hanu­man tem­ples in the coun­try and ap­point Dal­its as priests there.

He had said so while re­act­ing to Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath claim that Lord Hanu­man was a Dalit.

Provin­cial Armed Con­stab­u­lary (PAC) and po­lice teams have been de­ployed at the Hanu­man Dham ap­pre­hend­ing at­tempts by Bhim Army ac­tivists to as­sume con­trol of the tem­ple, of­fi­cials said.

So far, there's no re­port of any un­to­ward in­ci­dent tak­ing place, they said.

“Hanu­man was a for­est dweller, de­prived and a Dalit. Ba­jrang Bali worked to unite all In­dian com­mu­ni­ties, from north to south and east to west,” Adityanath had said while ad­dress­ing a rally in Ra­jasthan's Alwar dis­trict.

A right-wing group in Ra­jasthan has sent a le­gal no­tice to Adityanath, ask­ing him to apol­o­gise for call­ing Lord Hanu­man a Dalit. Last week, Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Sched­uled Tribes (NCST) chair­per­son Nand Ku­mar Sai claimed that Lord Hanu­man was a tribal.

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