news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 7, 2015 | 9.37 pm IST The Bengaluru Police have prohibited the relay of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s star campaigner Praveen Togadia in any format at the HinduSamajotsava in the city on Sunday, as it would “Endanger peace and tranquility” in the city.  The VHP’s International Working President Praveen Togadia was scheduled to address the Virat Hindu Samajotsava in the city on Sunday, but the police issued prohibitory orders preventing him from entering the city for a week until February 11. According to the order issued on Saturday, the organisers of the rally have been asked not to relay a transmission of Togadia’s speech in any format – audio, video or other media – at the National College grounds in the Basavangudi area of the city, where the event is being organized. The order will be in force between 6 pm on February 7 to 6 pm on Sunday. Providing reasons for the order, the four-page order said that if Togadia was allowed to address a rally through electronic means, it would “frustrate” the very purpose of prohibiting him from entering the city. It would also “endanger peace and tranquility” in the city and “are likely to provoke certain sections of society and hurt the religious sentiments of certain sections of society.” The order also quoted media reports which said that the VHP had resolved to “guarantee” Togadia’s speech at the venue, which was confirmed by intelligence reports. The order has been addressed to Keshav Hegde Organizing Secretary of the VHP. VHP's Gopal Nagarakatte told The News Minute that the police were "stifling the freedom of expression". To a question on whether they would still go ahead with the proposed telecast, he said: "Come tomorrow and see." Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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