Shiv Sena, BJP stage 'rasta roko' in Nashik

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Nashik, Nov 3: The activists of Shiv Sena and BJP on Monday, Nov 3 staged demonstrations as well as 'rasta roko' agitations in front of the Nashik district and sessions court in support of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is suspected of plotting and planting a bomb at Malegaon on Sep 29. As a precautionary measure, police have stepped up security around the court premises. Riot control vehicle 'vajra' had also been deployed to assist the police. The vehicular traffic had been stopped.

The protestors shouted slogans like 'Hindu o ka nara hai, Hindustan humara hai', 'Garv se kaho ke hum Hindu hai', 'Hindustan Hindu o ka, nahi kisi ke baap ka' and 'Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji'.

Leaders of Hindutva organisations such as Hindu Mahasabha, Abhinav Bharat, Shiv Sena, BJP and Bharatiya Janashakti Party have expressed their staunch support to the Sadhvi. All these organisations have hired around 25-30 lawyers in defence of Pragya and her two associates.

''Policemen had manhandled Pragya when she was produced in court earlier, we will not tolerate this. They are 'torturing' her. We will raise our voice against this,'' alleged Himani Savarkar, president of Abhinav Bharat and national president of Hindu Mahasabha.

Ms Savarkar, the daughter-in-law of veteran freedom fighter Veer Savarkar and daughter of Gopal Godse, brother of Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi, said ''Hindus will not keep quiet. We will come forward to oppose any injustice.'' Mohan Narwaria, media in-charge of Bhartiya Janashakti, said ''Our national president Uma Bharti thinks Sadhvi Prgaya does not have any role in the Malegaon blast of Septemeber 29. She is innocent. We are worried for her mental and physical condition. We are supporting her without any political motive. We will give her Lok Sabha ticket from Madhya Pradesh against BJP leaders, if she is willing to contest the elections due next year.'' City BJP president Vijay Sane said ''Pragya is innocent. It is a conspiracy of the Congress to name her in the blast. We are supporting her and will provide her legal aid.'' Shiv Sena's district president Datta Gaikwad alleged that ''This is a move by the government to appease the people of a particular community. We are supporting Pragya as per the orders of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and executive president Uddhav Thackeray. We will give her all types of aides, including legal.''

UNI

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