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No anti-LGBT posters in Madurai, says Commissioner

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Amidst claims by some LGBT activists that posters were put up at Goripalayam here by a Muslim party warning against same sex orientation a day after the shooting incident in Orlando in the USA, Madurai Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav dismissed them as baseless.

M. Gopi Shankar, an intersex person and a gender-queer activist on Wednesday alleged that the Muslim outfit had put up posters in Goripalayam two days ago warning against those propagating same sex relationships. “The posters came up a day after the Orlando shooting incident. I had arguments with those who put up the posters. I and some of my friends tore some of the posters later,” he claimed.

He said that he and his friends belonging to the LGBT community in Madurai were feeling threatened because of the incident.

However, Mr. Yadav, said no such posters were seen in the city. “We have verified the claim. And it is not true,” the Commissioner said. The city police have not received any formal complaint against the posters.

The photographs of the posters, purportedly pasted by the youth wing of INL Party Madurai, were being circulated on the social media.

However, INL district office-bearer, Fayas, claimed that the posters were not pasted recently, but in 2013. The photographs of posters were available on the internet, he said. He feared that the posters were deliberately circulated now in the aftermath of Orlando shootout.

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