September 24, 2015

Illegal and Legal Strategy of the Hindutva Right at Work: Prof K.S. Bhagawan booked for 'outraging' religious sentiments


Bhagawan booked for 'outraging' religious sentiments
Mangaluru/BENGALURU, Sep 24, 2015, DHNS
Prof K S Bhagawan. DH File Photo

The police have booked cases against rationalist Prof K S Bhagawan in Vittal, Uppinangady and Moodbidri police stations, following complaints by individuals.

Vittal VHP unit president Anand Kallakatta has lodged a complaint against Bhagawan for outraging religious feelings.

In a complaint, he has said that Prof Bhagawan has been hurting the sentiments of Hindus. He has spoken ill of Hindu Gods and the Mahabharatha. He has made disparaging remarks about Lord Rama and even said those who read the Bhagavad Gita will become terrorists, which is derogatory.

In a separate complaint at Uppinangady station, Shyama Sudarshan Bhat, a resident of Ilanthila in Belthangady taluk said that Bhagawan has been attacking beliefs of Hindus, hurting their sentiments. In Moodbidri, Samith Raj filed a similar complaint.

Held for threat call
The police have arrested a person for making a threatening call to the registrar of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy on Monday, over its decision to confer its annual honorary award for lifetime achievement on Bhagawan, reports DHNS from Bengaluru. The arrested is Raghupathi Tantri, 50, a warden in a private hostel and a priest. He is a resident of Kote Linga Nagar in Hubballi. He called up Bhagya, the registrar, and questioned her as to why Bhagawan was selected, though he has been speaking against Hinduism. “If the award is given to him, you people will face the consequences,” Tantri threatened her, the police said. Tantri was arrested on Tuesday.