Lucknow: Making Hindutva zealots uncomfortable, the District Magistrate of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly RV Singh expressed concern over the processions by communal forces in Muslim dominated areas and raising slogans against Pakistan to disturb peace and harmony.
“Ajab riwaj ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo main julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyun bhai woh Pakistani hain kya? (A strange has started of late. Take out procession in Muslim domianted areas and raise slogans against Pakistan. Why, are they (Muslims) Pakistanis?)” R Vikram Singh wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Vikram Singh's Facebook post was in response to the communal violence in Kasganj near Etah in Uttar Pradesh erupted on Republic Day.
Local Muslims were celebrating Republic Day at Shaheed Abdul Hameed Chowk of Kasganj on Friday when VHP and ABVP activists holding saffron flags came on bike. They were not only shouting slogans against Pakistan but were also asking the Muslims to go to Pakistan, according to reports.
Rejecting the claim by some BJP leaders and a section of media that Muslims stopped the VHP and ABVP activists from hoisting the India tricolor, reports said it was actually the latter who disrupted the Republic Day celebration organised by the local Muslims and tried to hoist saffron flags instead of the Indian Tiranga.
Vikram Singh expressed anger and said that he was hurt at what had happened in the “name of nationalism”.
In another Facebook post, Singh further asked, "Why don’t we wave the tricolour and raise slogans against China, which is a bigger enemy”.
Vikram Singh however was forced to remove both of his posts from Facebook after he was trolled. In a new post the Uttar Pradesh official also apologised to his "freinds and brothers".
"I do apologise if our freinds न brothers r pained because of me", Sing said in the latest message posted on Facebook.
Vikram Singh is an ex-Army man. He was posted in Jammu and Kashmir, Ranchi and Hyderabad before joining as civil servant in Uttar Pradesh.
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