Two police complaints filed against Ravi Shankar for ‘bloodshed’ comments on Ayodhya dispute

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Police in Hyderabad say that a complaint has been registered against the Art of Living founder Ravi Shankar for his provocative comments in connection with the Babri Mosque dispute.

Ravi Shankar

A case was filed against the controversial guru at Hyderabad’s Moghalpura police station for his comments stating that there will be bloodshed if the Supreme Court ruled against Hindus on Ayodhya dispute. Speaking to NDTV, Ravi Shankar, a known supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had said, “Suppose the court says this is Babri Masjid and this should be given away, you think the country will take that judgement easily, happily? It will be a bitter pill for the majority community to feel defeated after 500 years of conflict.. Is it easy to implement that order to give that place back. Will we be able to do this without some bloodshed? It will cause a huge problem, people know this. Let’s be realistic. Shifting that Ram Lala and making the majority community defeated, you cannot be at peace.”

In the complaint, Salahuddin Affan, secretary of the city-based Darsgah Jihad-O-Shahadat, claimed that Ravi Shankar gave “provocative” statements against the Muslim community over the Ayodhya row with an intention to hurt religious feelings and beliefs of its members, reported PTI.

Another complaint was filed by members of AIMIM with Saidabad police against the AOL founder. Police said that they were seeking legal opinion on how to proceed on both the complaints.

Reacting to Ravi Shankar’s threats of bloodshed and India turning into Syria, the AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaisi, had demanded action against Ravi Shankar.

“He’s giving the message of violence, he’s giving the message of threats. That’s precisely why, from the day one, I’ve been saying that this man must not be given any opportunity. He’s lying. I believe that a man who doesn’t believe in the constitution, the Supreme Court and who doesn’t want to follow India’s rule of law, must be booked for provocation and incitement. I also believe that the Supreme Court must not hear this case (Babri Mosque dispute) until the next Lok Sabha elections,” Owaisi had told Aaj Tak channel.

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