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Togadia stopped from entering Ghaziabad
September 02, 2003 13:27 IST
Last Updated: September 02, 2003 15:20 IST
Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia, scheduled to distribute tridents at Hapur, was not allowed to enter Ghaziabad district and was sent to Delhi on Tuesday, official sources said.
The Allahabad high court, however, directed the administration to permit Togadia to enter the district to participate in a felicitation function at Gajraula.
The court gave the permission following an undertaking by Togadia's lawyers V K S Chaudhari and A B Saran that he would not distribute tridents at the function.
Directing the district magistrate to maintain law and order at Gajraula in view of the function, Justice R C Deepak asked the state government counsel to inform about the order to the district administration immediately for its compliance.
The direction came on a petition filed by an advocate Praduman Tiwari challenging the order of additional district magistrate of August 31 last, which prohibited Togadia from participating in the function.
The official, besides prohibiting the entry of Togadia in the district, had also imposed section 144 of the CrPC in the district.
Earier, Togadia, along with his party workers, tried to enter Ghaziabad district at around 8:30 am from the Garhmukteshwar border area at Jyotiba Phule Nagar (Gajraula), but was sent to Delhi via Meerut, Ghaziabad SSP Chander Prakash told PTI.
An infuriated Togadia told PTI that he had already moved Allahabad high court against the Uttar Pradesh government's order.
"New Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is already in M-mode or Muslim-mode. He has started cracking down on Ram Janambhoomi movement and humiliating Hindus to appease Muslims," Togadia said..
On August 15, Togadia was not allowed to disembark at Patna airport by Bihar government and sent back to Delhi. A day later VHP vice-president Acharya Giriraj Kishore too faced similar action.
He recalled that Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments too had tried to prevent him from entering their respective states and address public meetings but those orders were struck down by the state high courts and he was allowed to proceed with his programmes.
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