Vijayapura: The District Police have finally filed a suo moto case against Pooja Veershetty, a pro-Hindutva activist for her inflammatory speech made on Feb 23.

Gol Gumbaz police station has file the case under sections 295 (A), 505(2) and 506 of the Indian Penal Code for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings, creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes and criminal intimidation.

It may be noted that on Feb 23, Pooja had participated in the procession called by various pro-Hindutva outfits to protest against the killing Bajrangdal worker of Shivamogga.

Hundreds of people, including saffron-clad seers and supporters of rightwing organization had gathered outside Siddeshwara temple.

During which time, Pooja had given a call for genocide of the Muslims while referring to Hijab controversy. She had said that they ( Hindutva outfits) will not allow India to become a Hijab nation. “ If Muslims want to wear Hijab then Hindu will have to carry swords and will chop them off inch by inch “, she had said.

The statement drew strong criticism from various quarters and condemned such hate speeches that are aimed at creating communal division in the society.

Even Former Home Minister, M. B. Patil criticised the event and demanded police to file a suo moto case.

The pressure was reportedly mounting on the police also to take suo moto case against the girl for her highly objectionable statement.

“ What is appalling and unfortunate is that the police delayed in filing a case against the girl even after the video went viral and lakhs of people had watched it already”, said Srinath Pujari, a local activist.

He said that the delay in filing the case clearly indicates that the forces were working behind the area that were trying to prevent the filing of a case against the girl.

Pujari said that the police was forced to file the case only after it came under attack from various quarters for the delay.

M.C. Mulla, another activist who was demanding arrest of the girl, also echoed similar sentiments.

Expressing anguish over some political leaders for brainwashing innocent students and using them as scapegoats to achieve their political agenda, he appealed to students not to fall prey and spoil their careers.

“ The students should focus on their careers. The girl who was receiving cheers when she was giving inflammatory statements, has no knowledge that none of them will come to her rescue when she will be faced with legal issues. Her future will get destroyed and she will be facing legal hardship for years to come”, he said.

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Rajkot (PTI): Main markets in Gujarat's Rajkot city wore a deserted look and various other establishments remained closed on Tuesday as a bandh was observed to mark one month of the fire tragedy at a game zone which claimed 27 lives.

Schools, colleges, tuition centres, gold and jewellery markets and other commercial establishments also remained shut to support the 'Rajkot bandh' called by the opposition Congress.

Several commercial associations supported the Congress' bandh call by announcing closure of their businesses for the day.

Police personnel were deployed at different places in the city and patrolling was intensified as part of the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.

Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani, state party president Shaktisinh Gohil and other local leaders came out in different areas of Rajkot to thank businessmen for their support in making the bandh "successful".

The Congress gave the call for a half-day bandh on Tuesday, to remember those who lost their lives in the fire tragedy at the TRP game zone in Rajkot on May 25 and to demand a higher compensation to the kin of the deceased.

It has also demanded justice to the families of the deceased and a fair probe into the incident by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government.

Family members of the victims had also appealed for the bandh. Relatives of some of the fire tragedy victims interacted with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi through video conference on June 22.

Twenty seven persons, including children, were charred to death in the massive fire which gutted the game zone on May 25.

Following the incident, the state government formed the SIT under Additional Director General of Police Subhash Trivedi to find out the causes of fire, loopholes in the system and to suggest steps to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

As many as 15 persons have been arrested so far in connection with the fire tragedy, including five owners of the game zone and some senior officials from the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC).

A police investigation indicated the game zone was running without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RMC's fire department.

On June 15, Congress workers organised a protest gathering outside the city police commissioner's office.