Man tonsured in Varanasi is Indian national: Varanasi Police

Published On: July 19, 2020 07:35 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, July 19: Varanasi Police has claimed that the man who was tonsured and made to chant anti-Nepal slogans in Varanasi on Wednesday is an Indian national. The man was paid 1,000 Indian rupees and forced to act as a Nepali national, Indian media reported quoting Varanasi Police.

The Indian police also claimed that the person hails from Varanasi itself.

A religious outfit named Vishwa Hindu Sena reportedly tonsured the man, painted ‘Jaya Shree Ram [Hail Lord Ram] on his scalp and forced him to chant anti-Nepal slogans, particularly against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The outfit posted the video on social media platforms as a reaction to PM Oli’s statements on Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram. The video went viral on social media.

The police have intensified the search for the main accused of the incident Arun Pathak, who is also the founder of the organization, following the new development.

Varanasi Police also said that six others were arrested for further investigation into the case

Police in India sprang into action after Ambassador of Nepal to India, Nilamber Acharya talked to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the telephone on Friday demanding action against those involved in the incident.

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