In an incident that shows the growing intolerance towards religious minorities, road signs in Delhi, named after Muslim personalities such as Emperor Akbar and Firozshah, among others, were found defaced, reports The Indian Express.
The names on the signages were blackened and posters of the right-wing group — Shiv Sena Hindustan — were pasted on them. The posters read:
‘Bharat mein Islamikaran manzoor nahi. Safar mein mushkilen aaye himmat aur badti hai. Koi agar raasta roke toh zaroorat aur bhardti hai. Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!’
Shiv Sena Hindustan president Rajinder Singh said:
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“Around 17 members, in three teams, carried out the ‘operation’ between 11 pm and 1 am on the intervening night of May 13-14.We have a problem with roads in the city not being named after our leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose and others who fought for Independence. The names of unpatriotic people adorn our pathways It was a symbolic protest. All Hindus look up to a leader like our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We are hopeful that he will pay some heed to our concerns.”
DCP (New Delhi) Vijay Singh said:
“The PCR received a call last night from a local resident who alerted us about the defacement of one of the road signs. We will be registering an FIR under charges of defacement of public property and other appropriate section soon. We are going through CCTV camera footage to ascertain the identity of the miscreants.”