The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) maintained that the recent disturbances in the old city were “politically motivated” and sought a judicial probe into the incidents.

Speaking to newspersons here on Wednesday, VHP State president M. Rama Raju blamed the government for failing to protect the interests of the Hindus. “For more than 10 days the city has been kept on tenterhooks by the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) activists. The administration is not taking any steps to protect the property of Hindus,” he complained.

VHP threatens agitation

Demanding that the government pay compensation to those who lost their properties during the recent disturbances, Mr. Raju warned that the VHP would launch an agitation if the government fails to protect the interests of the Hindus. “Hindus and Muslims have been living together in peace and harmony for many years. Due to this official apathy, certain people are taking advantage of the situation,” he charged.

VHP Joint Secretary, Yaman Singh, asked the Hindu Corporators from old city to resign to protest the recent events. “It is the government’s failure to contain the problems and hence everyone, cutting across the party lines, should come together and pressurise the government to act impartially,” he said. “Hindu properties are being targeted. There has been a spate of burglaries targeting our temples recently, and now we are being stopped from celebrating even festivals. It is high time that the authorities respect Hindu sentiments,” Mr. Singh added.