VHP protests against shooter Tara Shahdeo’s alleged conversion bid in Ranchi

Hundreds of workers of the RSS affiliated Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday staged protests against the alleged torture on a national shooting champion by her husband to convert to Islam.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Updated: Aug 25, 2014, 15:51 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

Ranchi: Hundreds of workers of the RSS affiliated Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday staged protests against the alleged torture on a national shooting champion by her husband to convert to Islam.

According to reports, the VHP and several other right-wing groups had yesterday called for a day-long bandh in Ranchi today over the issue.

The members of these groups had staged a torch light procession on Sunday evening to put pressure on the police over the incident involving national gold medalist shooter Tara Shahdeo.

Police sealed the residences of Tara’s husband, Ranjit Kohli alias Raqibul Khan and seized his cars on Sunday.
The VHP is pressing for immediate arrest of Ranjit Kholi alias Raqibul Khan, who trapped Tara Shahdeo to convert her to Islam after marrying her.

Meanwhile, the Ranchi police has put in place all steps to maintain law and order during the bandh period.

Ranchi police have also formed a special team led by a deputy superintendent of police to nab Kohli.

Police have slapped sections 498 (a) relating to domestic violence, 153 (a) relating to forced marriage and 295 (a) relating to forcible change of religion against Kohli.

Interestingly, the Ranchi SSP said that Kohli’s mother Kaushalya Devi was a Muslim before her marriage to Harman Kohli. He said they were trying to ascertain if she had converted to Hinduism after marriage.

The SSP also added that police have found no documentary proof that Kohli had converted to Islam as claimed by his wife. He said, two residences of Kohli in Argora and Ashok Nagar areas were sealed, and seven vehicles seized.

On Wednesday, Shahdeo had lodged a complaint with Hindpiri police station against her husband claiming that that Kohli used to mentally and physically torture her to convert to Islam.

Kohli has gone missing after the complaint was lodged. Tara also alleged that her husband had converted to Islam five years back and hid the fact from her.

Shahdeo met Kohli during her shooting sessions in Hotwar. They were married this year in July according to Hindu rituals.