Following the murder of Former Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari in Lucknow, the situation remains tense his native place Mahmudabad in Sitapur district. To keep the situation under control, section 144 was imposed in the area on Monday the orders of DM. The administration has also increased the monitoring of social media platforms to keep a check on instigating violence using social media.
The administration is apprehensive of communal tension in the area after Dasna Devi Mandir Mahant Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati delivered an inciting speech on Sunday. According to police, Saraswati had delivered a 2-minute speech after meeting the family of Kamlesh Tiwari in Mahmudabad, and this had incited hate against the Muslim community in his speech. The mahant and his followers have been booked by police for this ‘hate speech’.
Sources also tell that apart from the situation following Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder, the festival season is another reason for increased vigilance of the area by police. Apart from imposing section 144, police have also banned taking photos and videos of the area by media.
DM Akhilesh Tiwari said that local media is not allowed to enter the area due to security reasons. He said that also the administration respects media freedom, at this moment the protection of the family of Kamlesh Tiwari is of prime importance.
SP LR Kumar said that the situation in Mahmudabad is normal at present, and the situation is being monitored closely. He said that a case has been lodged against Dasna temple’s priest and his supporters for instigating speech, and social media is also being monitored strictly.
In the meanwhile, the Hindu Mahasabha has announced that Kamlesh Tiwari will be honoured with the title of Hinduratna. Moreover, a statue of Tiwal will also be erected in front of the office of Hindu Mahasabha in Lucknow.