Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, April 26: The heat is on in political circles over the police action on fruit vendors during the lockdown period. The incident happened yesterday when police removed a banner from the stalls displaying VHP approval of the shops and the images of two religious deities.
BJP has dubbed this action as a policy of appeasement. The issue picked momentum when former Jharkhand Chief Minister visited the shops and enquired from the fruit vendors about the incident today. He assured the vendors that no case would be filed against them. He said that he had talked on the issue with administrative officials. BJP state president Dipak Prakash tweeted today on the issue stating, “On one hand is the pledge to serve and on the other, the resolve to struggle.”
It all started with a photo of a banner spread over stalls of vegetable vendors which showed that the stalls were approved by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and images of two Hindu deities were printed on the banner; the photo was tweeted to Chief minister Hemant Soren and also went viral on social media. Immediately after, the police high command sent instructions and on Saturday the Kadma police removed the banner from the fruit vendors’ stalls.
The BJP Mahanagar executives and party members while serving the needy with food, grocery, masks and sanitizers in various city avenues wore black badges during their humanitarian work today in protest against what they termed the state government’s policy of appeasement in reference to the incident of Saturday when the banner in question was removed and cases filed against eight persons including six fruit vendors.
While the photo of the banner continued to go viral on social media, VHP and former Chief Minister Raghubar Das took up cudgels against the police action of Saturday when the banner marked VHP approval of the shops and the images of two Hindu deities was removed by the police on instruction from higher authorities. BJP has accused the state government of following a policy of appeasement as a result of which small time traders were being affected in their quest for bare living. Organization’s executive Janardan Pandey headed a protest at the Kadma [police station. Sensing trouble, the PS OC Ranjit Kumar stated that only the banner was removed. He refuted the charge that the photos of deities had been removed.