Uttarakhand BJP MLA Warns 'Destroyers Of Hindu Culture' After Mob Beats Up Muslim Boy At Temple

"Why were they roaming (in the temple premises) with a Hindu girl?"

Days after a mob comprising right-wing groups attempted to lynch a Muslim boy in Uttarakhand, state BJP MLA Rajkumar Thukral issued a statement, warning that these outfits will fight those who “destroy Hindu culture”.

Recently, a video of an incident from May 22 had surfaced online, where Sub-Inspector Gagandeep Singh of Ramnagar Police Station could be seen shielding a Muslim boy, Irfan (23), from a mob at the Garjiya temple. Reportedly, Irfan was spotted with a 19-year-old Hindu girl at the temple, which upset some people. Later, the boy was thrashed by a mob, reportedly comprising Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal members.

Singh received widespread praise for having saved Irfan’s life.

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However, the BJP MLA did not seem too happy with how things went down. Addressing the media on Saturday, Thukral said, “It is time to teach a lesson to the people who want to destroy the atmosphere of Ramnagar. If (Ramnagar) police and the administration does not wake up then the Hindu Sena (army) will have to come out and fight the people who wish to destroy Hindu culture.”

Rajkumar Thukral

“Why were they roaming (in the temple premises) with a Hindu girl? They tried to ignite the emotions of the Hindu community,” Thukral said. “We will fight the ongoing plans of destroying Hindu culture, of forced religious conversions, and of strengthening the roots of love jihad.”

Thukral’s statements were mostly not welcomed by people on social media

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On Friday, the Ramnagar police registered a complaint against “unknown persons” for the violent incident. As per the Station House Office (SHO) of the Ramnagar police station, Vikram Rathod, the videos would help nab the perpetrators, The Indian Express reported. However, there have been no arrests in connection with the case so far.