UP police refuses permission to ‘Ghar Waapsi’ event in Aligarh

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Lucknow, Dec 15: The Uttar Pradesh Police has said that it would not allow the Ghar Wapasi (or homecoming) event by right-wing groups in Aligarh on December 25.

Media reports suggest that the State administration have clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in the city.

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"Under no circumstances no event will be allowed on the 25th, whether it is conversion or anything similar to it. Strict action will be taken against any cadres of any party found involved in conversions," Deputy Inspector General of Aligarh Mohit Agarwal said.
He further said, "The so-called 'Ghar Waapsi' programme organised by the Dharam Jagran Samiti can become a law and order issue for the State."

The event, to be organised by Rashtriya Sawaymsevak Sangh-affiliate Dharam Jagran Samanvyay Vibhag, is scheduled to be attended by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath.

Speaking on the issue District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash said, "Religious conversion is a matter of personal choice and the law permits it. But, if certain groups deliberately try to provoke communal sentiments by misusing this provision, then we will certainly not allow this to take place."

'Ghar Wapsi' must be allowed, says BJP MP Yogi Adityanath

Meanwhile speaking on controversy over alleged conversion in Agra, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said that there was nothing wrong if people re-convert to Hinduism if they are doing it willingly.

"There is nothing wrong in 'ghar vapasi' if one does it out of free will. Is it not a fact that largescale conversion of Hindus into other religions had taken place before and after Independence due to allurement and pressure?" he told reporters.

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