VHP demands probe against Swami Agnivesh

Jammu, Apr 18: Claiming that social activist Swami Agnivesh's antecedents were "doubtful", VHP demanded a probe into his activities and asked Arya Samaj to clarify whether he is its leader or not.

"We demand a probe by the government into the circumstances in which Agnivesh landed in Kashmir and took part in protests...," VHP state patron Rama Kant Dubey told reporters here. [Yasin Malik, Swami Agnivesh held; police accept lapses in Narbal firing]


Agnivesh were today detained, along with JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik, when they tried to lead a march towards Narbal in central Kashmir's Budgam where a youth was killed in firing by security forces during a protest.

Agnivesh had joined Malik this morning in a hunger strike against the proposal to create separate settlements for displaced Kashmiri Pandits.

The VHP leader said Agnivesh's identity and antecedents "are doubtful" and a probe must be conducted to expose on whose behest he is working with those who "are triggering anti-Indian violence in Kashmir".

Dubey also asked the "Arya Samaj to clarify whether he is their leader or not. They need to expose this man, who is using a swami's image to serve his masters".

Earlier in the day, Agnivesh asked Kashmiri Pandits to refuse living in such colonies.

"Composite and separate colonies are opposite terms. How can such colonies remain composite? We do not want a division here and Pandits should live together with their Muslim brethren. They will be trapped in these colonies," he said.

The activist said the Pandits should refuse the "fake security" and trust the security provided by their Muslim brothers.


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