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Hate speech against Muslims: BJP MLAs T Raja Singh, Nitesh Rane booked in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Police on Sunday filed a case against Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs T Raja Singh and Nitesh Rane for allegedly making genocidal speeches against Muslims at a Hindu Jan Aakrosh rally in the Solapur district.

The police also named several office-bearers of the Sakal Hindu Samaj – an umbrella body of Hindutva organisations – in the first information report.

The police filed the case under provisions of the Indian Penal Code dealing with creating enmity between two different groups and acts intended to outrage religious feelings.

“We have booked Rane, Raja Singh, Sakal Hindu Samaj office-bearer Sudhakar Mahadev Bahirwade, and eight to 10 others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code,” PTI quoted an unidentified police official as saying.

Raja Singh, who is accused in several hate speech cases in Telangana, made several derogatory and genocidal statements at the event in Solapur.

Raja instigated the crowd to assault ‘love jihadis’ and boycott products with halal certification. He also called for demolition of mosques and suggested that the Maharashtra government provide bulldozers to MLAs and MPs to be used like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath does.

“The way Yogi Adityanath runs bulldozers on love jihadis, the Maharashtra government should also buy and keep some bulldozers. They must gift them to MLAs and MPs and tell them to use them, we’ll see who will do ‘gau hatya’ [cow slaughter] then,” the Telangana MLA said.

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