Hindu spiritual leader banned from Hyderabad

Paripoornand was placed under house arrest on Monday when he tried to take out a march demanding action against Mahesh Kathi

Hyderabad: Amid a row over controversial remarks about revered Hindu deities Ram and Sita, Hyderabad city police have banned a spiritual leader Swamy Paripoornananda from the city for six months.

The police took him into custody on Wednesday morning, then shifted him to the port city of Kakinada in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

Paripoornananda, who was the head of Kakinada Sri Peetham as well as Rashtriya Hindu Sena was in the news for his threat to launch an agitation against Telugu film critic Mahesh Kathi for his alleged remarks against Ram and Sita.

Earlier Telangana police had banished Mahesh Kathi from the city for six months and shifted him to his home town Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.

Paripoornand was placed under house arrest on Monday when he tried to take out a march demanding action against Mahesh Kathi.

Police did not link his expulsion to the Mahesh Kathi issue but said that it was being done for his provocative speeches in Narayankhed and Kamareddy in November 2017.

Police said they had evidence of his speeches in which he had alleged that the government was imposing surcharge on Hindu devotees going to Kashi and Rameshwaram while giving subsidy to Muslims and Christians visiting Mecca and Jerusalem.

In another speech in Kamareddy he asked the people whether they want rule of Nizam or Shivaji.

The police issued a show cause notice yesterday seeking a reply in 24 hours why he should not be externed under Telangna Prevention of Anti Social and Hazardous Activities act 1980.

It was followed by an order of the city police to the seer to leave the city on his own this morning.

But when he did not follow it, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar ordered the Jubilee Hills police to take him into custody and shift him out of Hyderabad. A posse of policemen shifted to Kakinada.

He was informed that he can not enter the city without permission of the police and if he does so he can be jailed for three months.

Later a lunch motion was moved in the Hyderabad High Court seeking stay against the police orders. He alleged that the Telangana police order was unconstitutional and in violation of freedom of expression. The petition seeking orders to the police to withdraw the ban will be heard by the High Court later.

The action against the seer came amid uproar over the externment of film critic Mahesh Kathi. He was the first ever non criminal person to be expelled from the city in police history. So far such actions were limited only to the known criminal and anti social elements.

Meanwhile the BJP in both the Telugu states has reacted angrily to the police action against the spiritual leader. BJP General Secretary P Murlidhar Rao in his tweet alleged that the TRS government in the state was acting like the Nizam.

“The decision of Telangana government to extern Swami Paripoornananda is an insult to Hindus and intended to disturb social harmony. This politically motivated decision is an assault on the human rights of entire Hindu community”, he tweeted. “This is an attack on entire Hindu society”, he said.

Telangana BJP president K Lakshman termed the action against the seer as a conspiracy by the state government and urged the police to withdraw the order. He wanted to know why action was not taken against those who made remarks against Sri Ram who was worshipped by crores of people.

Meanwhile the entire issue was threatening to take a political color as the BJP was toying with the idea of fielding Paripoornananda in the coming elections from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency. When asked about the possibility K Lakshman said that the if the Swamy was willing the party was willing to induct him and also field such influential people in the elections.

A caste angle was also added to the controversy as Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti alleged that Mahesh Kathi was targeted by the TRS government as he was a Dalit.

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