AHMEDABAD — Firebrand Hindu leader Pravin Togadia yesterday seemed to be turning a saviour for policemen against whom communal riot cases are being re-opened by the Gujarat government when he said that the move would lower the morale of the boys in brown.
In an informal chat with reporters, the international general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad cited the example of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh to drive home his point, saying the latter had publicly owned up the demolition of the Babri mosque at Ayodhya and never sought action against police officers. "The rabble rouser" threw down a gauntlet before Modi — with whom he does not see eye to eye after the Pakistan visit of the chief minister’s mentor L.K. Advani — to screw up his courage to withdraw communal riot cases against 27 police officers and be ready to face the consequences. "If the government fails to protect the police officers, it will put a damper on the uniformed men much to the joy of terrorists," Togadia said and attributed the state’s rising crime rate to frustration in the police!