The Hyderabad Police’s decision on Wednesday to ban Swami Paripoornananda, a Hindu religious leader, from the city for six months for allegedly making provocative statements against other communities.
The decision came precisely two days after Telangana Police meted out a similar treatment to film critic Kathi Mahesh by externing him from Hyderabad for six months for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus through his alleged derogatory comments on Lord Ram and Sita, reported IANS.
The police on Tuesday served the externment order to Swami under Section 3 of Telangana Prevention of Anti Social and Hazardous Activities Act 1980 citing that his acts are calculated to cause harm and danger to persons or property. (See below)
The police’s action against the Hindu seer is widely being seen as a balancing act by the cops after they banned a ‘rationalist’ on the same charges. Swami had planned to launch a three-day ‘Darmika Chaitanya Yatra’ to protest Mahesh’s comments when the cops placed him under house arrest.
Reacting to the development, a local BJP leader, P Muralidhar Rao, said, “The decision of Telangana govt to extern Swami Paripoornananda is an insult to Hindus and intended to disturb the social harmony. This politically motivated decision is an assault on the human rights of entire Hindu community.”
Swami, who formed an organisation ‘Rashtriya Hindu Sena’ in 2007, has been accused of making provocative remarks at meetings at Hyderabad, Kamareddy and other places in Telangana.
His banning evoked mixed reactions on social media. Here’s how they reacted;
Externment order served on Seer Swami Paripoornananda & removd frm Hyd for 6 mnths, citing that he is gave hate speechs…
Wht abt #OwaisiBrothers #KanchaIllaiah who spew venom day in day out angst #Hindu Dharma…
2 laws in #NizamKCR rule 1 for #Hindus & anther for #Muslims pic.twitter.com/P322iMylHJ
— Karunasagar Adv ⚖ (@karunasagarllb) July 11, 2018
Telengana Govt “externs” a venom spewing “Swamy” to balance out the earlier “externment” of a vocal rationalist. Everyone, happy, I guess. So what, if democracy died a little. https://t.co/n2oBHSERjK
— Sasidharan Pazhoor (@inquestioner) July 11, 2018
Dharma dhrohi—-abuse Swami Paripoornananda
— dashakumara (@8shivamsundaram) July 11, 2018
Telengana govt is like a mom when kids fight . “ I don’t care who started it , both of you go to your rooms !” Both Kathi mahesh and Swami paripoornananda told to get out ??
— Sri (@Sricalifornia) July 11, 2018