VHP to oppose communal violence bill: Togadia

Nagpur: Hitting out at the National Advisory Council (NAC), Vishwa Hindu Parishad's international general secretary Praveen Togadia on Monday said the saffron outfit will launch an agitation to oppose the draft of 'Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence' bill.

He alleged that NAC, headed by Sonia Gandhi, was anti-Hindu and it wanted to brand the community as "criminal tribe" through the bill.

Such a "draconian" law did not exist even in the Mughal or the British periods, he said.

Nowhere in the world a person is presumed to be guilty without a trial, he said, stating that the proposed bill had provisions which were against the principle of natural justice.

Speaking in Akola in the Maharashtra yesterday, Togadia had criticised the bill and NAC, stating that the bill, if enacted, would "oppress" the Hindus.