Rajkumar Mehta, Krishna Singh Bisht, Chandan Singh Lodhiyal, and Umesh Mehta, four Hindutva sympathizers, were detained on Thursday for setting fire to Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid's home in Nainital, Uttarakhand.
Investigations reveal the presence of a pistol with one of the accused. According to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Nilesh Anand Bharne, they have been charged under numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act. According to the Times of India reports, the police have arrested 21 people connected with this incident. It also claimed that one of the defendants said that he and his friends burned effigies of Khurshid and chanted slogans outside his home.
Khurshid shared photographs of his home on Facebook, showing blazing fires, charred doors, and shattered windows. Minutes after the experience, he wrote reinstating his idea that the incident was proof of Hindutva and that Hinduism does not preach any of this. Shame as a word is ineffective in describing such incidents effectively.
Four Hindutva activists set fire to Salman Khurshid's home in Nainital
On Monday, a few miscreants destroyed and set fire to senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid's residence in Nainital. They allegedly arrived at the premises to yell anti-Hindutva chants against Khurshid before getting into an altercation with the property's caretaker and vandalizing it.
This event occurred on Monday as an unfortunate repercussion of Hindutva politicians, including top BJP officials, conducting a vicious campaign against Salman Khurshid for linking political Hindutva with the Islamic State and Boko Haram in his new book "Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times." According to the BJP, such a parallel in Khurshid's freshly released book has wounded Hindu sensibilities. However, many leaders, including members of the Congress came up in favour of Khurshid.
"This is a disgrace. On a home level, @salman7khurshid is an international statesman who has consistently advocated for a moderate, centrist, and inclusive vision of India. Shashi Tharoor, a Congress leader, and MP stated of the incident, "Those in authority should reject the rising levels of intolerance in our politics."
Shortly after the publishing of Khurshid's book on Hindutva, Rahul Gandhi, a senior Congress member, claimed that Hindutva and Hinduism are two separate concepts that people must learn and understand.
Gandhi addressed online a four-day AICC orientation program organized at Sevagram Ashram in Wardha where Congress representatives from across the states participated. “Is Hinduism about beating a Sikh, or a Muslim. Hindutva, of course, is. In which book is it written? I have not seen it. I have read the Upanishads. I have not read it,” he said.
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