FIR registered against controversial VHP leader Praveen Togadia for hate speech

Bhavnagar, Complying with the orders of the Election Commission, FIR has been registered against Praveen Togadiya at B Div Police station Bhavnagar under IPC Section 153-a, 153-b and 188. Bhavnagar police have started an inquiry into the alleged hate speech given by VHP chief Pravin Togadia in which he said Muslims should be stopped from buying property in Hindu-majority areas.
"We have started an inquiry into the alleged hate speech given by Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Pravin Togadia," Bhavnagar superintendent of police (SP) Maninder Singh Pawar told  here.The Bhavnagar police swung into action after the EC sought the recording of Togadia's speech and directed the police to probe the matter. However, Pawar maintained no FIR has been filed against Togadia so far."After seeing the news reports, the poll panel asked us to submit an Action Taken Report if there is truth in the allegations against Togadia. Thus, I have ordered an inquiry and asked the 'B' division police of Bhavnagar city to acquire the CD of that speech. However, we haven't found the CD yet," said Pawar."Apart from the CD, we are also collecting other evidences such as taking statements of society residents. If we find enough evidences, a case under section 153(a) of IPC will be filed against Togadia," said Pawar.Section 153(a) (promoting enmity among different groups on ground of religion) of IPC deals with "intention to cause disorder, promoting enmity between religious groups and incite people to violence".

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