Union minister Ram Shankar Katheria, who has been accused of inflaming violence against muslims, at a condolence meeting for a dalit VHP leader, who was shot dead on Thursday, said that Hindu community was facing a “conspiracy” and it should strengthen itself and “set an example.”
Katheria, who is Lok Sabha member from Agra, and MP from Fatehpur Sikri Babu Lal were among the leaders of BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal who addressed the meeting held on Sunday following the killing of 50-year-old Arun Mahaur, VHP’s city vice-president.
“This conspiracy that is being hatched against the Hindu community, we have to be be alert to recognise it and strengthen ourselves. We will have to fight it because if we do not do it now, today we have lost one Arun, tomorrow it could be another Arun…the killers should also go, we have to set such an example,” minister of state for HRD Katheria said.
Addressing the gathering, Babu Lal said, “If the Muslims have something in their mind, then draw a line and you will see the strength of the Hindu community”.
After the district authorities refused permission for a condolence meeting in Mantola area at the residence of Mahaur, the BJP had shifted the venue to Jaipur House colony, Ramlila ground where Sadhvi Prachi, Katheria along with local MLAs of the party were present.
Authorities have stepped up security in the city which has been gripped by tension following the murder Mauhur while he was returning from a temple on Thursday morning.
Additional companies of police and Rapid Action Force teams have been deployed in Mantola and Nai ki Mandi areas, official sources said on Monday.
A close vigil is being kept on the activities of BJP leaders as well as members of other saffron outfits like Bajrang Dal, the sources said.
Police on Monday said one of the accused in the murder case has been arrested while another is absconding.