Alwar/Bharatpur: Over 500 activists of
VHP and other Hindu outfits on Thursday courted arrest after they
were denied permission to hold a public meeting in Govindgarh
town of Alwar district.
"Over 500 activists of VHP and other Hindu outfits
courted arrest. Three roads which link Govindgarh to Alwar and
Bharatpur were sealed to prevent them from entering the town,"
Alwar district collector Ashutosh said.
The permission for the meeting was not given as
prohibitory orders were in place in the area, he said.
However, VHP members alleged that section 144 was imposed
in the area to prevent them from holding the meeting, which
they said was an attempt to build confidence among Hindus in
the wake of the recent communal clash in Bharatpur that left
"Our meeting was aimed at confidence building among those
Hindu people of Mewat region who in the wake of the Bharatpur
violence have moved from their houses to safer places...They
are frightened and we want them to return to their own land,"
a state level VHP office bearer Narpat Singh said.