After being trolled, the Bareilly district magistrate, Raghvendra Vikram took down his Facebook post in which had questioned the need to raise 'anti-Pakistan' slogans in Muslim dominated areas.
After taking down the post, he said that he apologised if he had hurt sentiments, but also added that our secular ethos is at stake. He also said that at any cost these are things that need to be protected.
In a fresh post on Tuesday afternoon, the DM wrote on Facebook: "My post was in the backdrop of the law and order situation which we had to face during the kanwar yatra last year. I had hoped there would be academic discussions (around it), but unfortunately it had taken a different angle. Extremely sad."
Following the communal violence at Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh, the district magistrate had questioned the need to raise anti-Pakistan slogans in Muslim localities and then create a ruckus.
Raghvendra Vikram Singh put up two posts on Facebook following the clashes at Kasganj.
In one of the posts, he wrote, 'Ajab rivaz ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo me jabrdasti julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyon bhai, ve Pakistani hain kya? Yehi yahan Bareilly mein Khailam mein hua tha. Fir patharav hua, mukadme likhe gaye.' (There is a strange trend. Take out a procession by force through the Muslim dominated localities and then raise anti-Pakistan slogans. Why? Are these people Pakistanis? The same thing happened in Khailam in Bareilly. Then stones were pelted, FIRs lodged).
Singh said in another post, " Cheen to bada dushman hai, tiranga lekar Cheen murdabad kyon nahin? ( China is a bigger enemy to us. Why isn't the Tricolour being waved and anti-China slogans raised?)
Such fringe groups are coming up in every part of the state, taking the same ugly route to instigate people of the minority community by forcefully entering their locality in the name of nationalism. These people don't care about the fabric of our mixed culture and brotherhood, he had also said.