//Civil rights group to challenge withdrawal of cases

Civil rights group to challenge withdrawal of cases

Jaipur, Sep 12 (IANS) A civil rights organisation is planning to challenge Rajasthan's decision to withdraw cases against Acharya Dharmendra and Praveen Togadia.

People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) president Than Singh told IANS Tuesday: 'We are planning to approach the court against this decision.'

'Court cases against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders had quietened them and peace had returned to the state. But this step is like an invitation to the leaders,' a PUCL statement said.

The government is one by one withdrawing cases against persons who are guilty of fanning communal tension. This will instil fear among the minority community, the statement added.

The government has decided to withdraw the controversial Trishul (trident) case against VHP leader Pravin Togadia. The Congress government had banned possession and distribution of Trishuls in 2003. Togadia had been arrested for defying the ban.

'It seems that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to contest polls on a Hindutva agenda,' the statement added.

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