Lucknow, Aug 28 ():Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia and others were released from jail on Tuesday after the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court directed the state government on Monday to release all the VHP leaders in case they have been detained in violation of section 151 (2) of the CrPC.
The court observed that a person cannot be detained beyond 24 hours under this section in case of apprehension of breach of peace unless he has committed any other offence. The Uttar Pradesh government released over 950 VHP workers on Monday including Ashok Singhal after the Court order.
Proclaiming that the yatra has commenced as per schedule on August 25 at the Saryu ghat, Pravin Togadia requested the Yatra to be allowed to continue in a peaceful, diplomatic and independent manner. Urging the MPs of all the political parties Togadia insisted to frame a law for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. He further asked the Ministers to include it in their respective manifestos.
Reacting sharply to the prohibition imposed on the Yatra, Togadia criticized the state administration saying that the Samajwadi Party is being run not by Akhilesh Yadav but by Azam Khan. He further said that the Yatra was banned due to Khan who is dreaming to turn Uttar Pradesh into Mughalistan.
Challenging Khan, Togadia alleged that Khan’s day dream will not be fulfilled as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad will soon give a befitting reply to it democratically. Accusing the administration, Togadia said that even after the high court directed the state government to release him on Tuesday, he was released only on Wednesday.
Togadia also said that during his illegal detention he was neither provided with proper food or medicines. He also claimed that he will soon move the High Court on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi government in UP has announced to continue preventive detention in case any activists embark on a Yatra till the programme’s schedule ends on September 13.