New Delhi: Police in Karnataka have filed a suo motu case against Bharatiya Janata Party Lok Sabha MP Anantkumar Hegde in the wake of him saying that a mosque in Bhatkal will be destroyed like the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh was in 1992.
“Like Babri Masjid was demolished, Chinnada Palli mosque will be demolished in Bhatkal. The media can write it as a threat, but we don’t care. But, we will do it. This is not the decision of Anantkumar Hegde, but it is the decision of the Hindu community,” the MP said, according to Hindustan Times.
As reported by The Wire, Hegde had also said that “the Hindu community won’t rest until more mosques are reclaimed”.
His comment was made on the lines of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya and the same location where the ruling BJP party is holding the consecration ceremony of the under-construction Ram temple.
Kumata Police have filed a case invoking sections related to hate speech and an attempt to create unrest in the district against Hegde.
Karwar SP Vishnuvarshan said that investigations are on.
Reports have noted how Hegde has begun to say controversial things in public speeches and attempted to link it with his hopes for a ticket in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
Congress leaders, including chief minister Siddaramaiah and culture minister Shivaraj Tangadagi, have criticised Hegde over his speech. The latter called him a “dog,” the Hindu reported.