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MP: FIR towards poet Munawwar Rana for evaluating Valmiki to Taliban

Munawwar Rana

Madhya Pradesh police have registered an FIR towards Urdu poet Munawwar Rana for allegedly hurting non secular sentiments by evaluating Maharshi Valmiki, who wrote the Ramayana, with the Taliban, an official stated.

The case was registered towards Rana in Guna on Monday following a grievance filed by Sunil Malviya, state secretary of the BJP’s Scheduled Caste cell, and different members of the Valmiki group.

Talking to a channel, Rana had stated, “Valmiki became a God after he wrote the Ramayana, before that he was a dacoit. A person’s character can change. Similarly, the Taliban, for now, are terrorists, but people and characters change.”

Malviya alleged that Rana disrespected Maharshi Valmiki along with his feedback and harm the emotions of the Valmiki group and Hindus.

“He compared Maharshi Valmiki with the Taliban and hurt the religious feelings of Hindus. So, we have filed a complaint against him,” he instructed reporters.

Guna Superintendent of Police Rajiv Mishra on Monday stated, “A case was registered against Rana at the Kotwali police station. The case will be forwarded to the district concerned (Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh).”

The case was registered towards Rana beneath IPC Section 505 (2) (statements conducing to public mischief) and was being forwarded to Hazratganj police station at Lucknow in UP, police stated.


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