Amid the clamour for his removal over comparing PFI’s training style with that of the RSS, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manavjit Singh Dhillon on Friday said His statement was based on what was there “on record, as part of our investigations” while asserting that the controversy stemmed from a “selective interpretation”. While police raided the Subzi Bagh offices of the PFI, Patna, the state police headquarters demanded an explanation from SSP.
SSP Dhillon spoke The Indian Express: “The modus operandi of Phulwari PFI module for propagation of ideology and mobilisation as documented in the seized literature and as explained in the interrogation report, was clearly told to the media. The statement was a reproduction of the facts adduced during the investigation.”
JD(U) was silent even as senior officials weighed in on the matter. BJPFormer Bihar deputy CM, Rajya Sabha MLA Sushil Kumar ModiRavi Shankar Prasad was a former Union minister and criticized the SSP for making such remarks. Samrat Choudhary, Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister and BJP leader, demanded Dhillon’s immediate expulsion. “We request the CM to remove the SSP for comparing a nationalist and social organisation like RSS with the PFI,” Choudhary said. Bihar OBC Morcha national general secretary Nikhil Anand said: “We are appalled at the way the SSP has been defending his statement. This shows that he lacks the training necessary to handle sensitive issues and refrain from making objectionable comments. We reiterate demand for the his removal.”
On Thursday, former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi had said: “Patna SSP should immediately withdraw his statement on comparing a nationalist organisation like RSS with the PFI that has been conspiring to make India a Islamic country. The SSP’s remarks are condemnable.”
Former Union minister Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad also condemned the SSP’s remarks. “Now that the police headquarters has taken a note, apt action should be taken in this regard,” he said.
Senior JD (U) leader and minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary, however, said: “I do not know the exact context of SSP’s remarks and some BJP leaders’ reaction to it. In the past, the RSS has been attacked. Several people who had once criticised RSS are now Union ministers,” he said.
Gazwa-e-Hind man arrested
Patna Police has filed a separate complaint in a related matter. FIROne Marguv Mohammed Dan, also known as Tahir, was arrested in Phulwari Sharif (Patna) under IPC sections 120B, 505 1 (criminal conspiracy), 505 2(B), (committing offence against the state), 153 A and other provisions of the IT Act. A press release from the police said 26-year-old Danish’s family was from Gaya and some members of his family had been living in Jaranchi. The police allegedly detected Danish’s association with Gajwa-e-Hind, an Islamic mission, through WhatsApp, e-mail and FacebookSince 2016. According to police, One Faizan, one the administrators of Gazwae-e-Hind Whatsapp Group, was in constant contact with him.