Members of Hindu Jagaran Mancha protesting in demand law against 'love jihad and arrest of the accused person Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: Hundreds of locals and supporters of Hindu Jagaran Mancha gathered in front of Subhash Setu in Udaipur sub-division of Tripura, demanding a strict law against ‘Love Jihad’ in lines with the Bill placed in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Hindu organisations have been protesting in Udaipur, alleging that the Tripura police have failed to arrest the accused person involved in encouraging ‘Love Jihad’.

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Speaking with EastMojo, Uttam Dey, Pradesh President, Hindu Jagaran Mancha said that at least nine cases were registered across the state during the lockdown period. All the cases are related to ‘Love Jihad’.

“Cases were registered in Bishalgarh, Boxanagar, Udaipur police station, but so far the police have failed to arrest any of the accused persons in connection with any of the case,” Dey said.

On Friday after the protest received mass support and the situation went out of control, the Agriculture minister Pranajit Singha Roy rushed to the spot in National Highway-8 and spoke with the agitators.

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“We will ensure that the minor girl who was allegedly raped after being abducted gets justice. Nobody is beyond the law,” Singha Roy said.

The agitators have placed the demand for a strict law against ‘Love Jihad’ and claimed that it would protect them from religious conversion.

Speaking with EastMojo, Udaipur Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Druva Nath said that the protest was called against a case of alleged rape of minor.

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“We have registered the case of rape and abduction of a minor girl. The girl was recovered and searched for the accused person under process,” Nath said.

The Hindu group leaders said that a number of cases have been registered under different police stations in the past couple of months.

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“In Boxanagar police station under Sepahijala district, a case under Section 366 (A), 376 and Section 4 of POCSO Act, in which the minor girl was abducted by a minority guy and was later rescued from Durlabh Naraya village from the same district. The police have failed to arrest the accused person till date,” Dey added.

In a similar incident, under Bishalgarh police station in November, a Hindu girl went missing and was allegedly abducted by a Muslim man. However, later the duo was traced in Bangalore, where the girl confessed to have left on her own accord as she was an adult.

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