The Tamil Nadu police on Sunday registered a case against Bharatiya Janata Party National Secretary H Raja, a day after he labelled the force “anti-Hindu” when they stopped him from taking a certain communally-sensitive route during a Ganesha idol immersion procession at Meiyapuram in Pudukottai district. He had also accused the police of being corrupt.
Six others have also been named in the complaint, reported India Today.
A video of Raja’s outburst has gone viral on social media. “You police are anti-Hindu and corrupt,” he alleged, according to ANI.
“If you torture a Hindu, you cannot be called one. Don’t be their enemy,” he said, according to NDTV. “Are you all not ashamed of wearing police uniform? The entire state police has become corrupt.”
He also objected to the police refusing to allow him to erect a stage. “How can I stand on the ground and speak?” he asked. “I need a stage to speak.”
Raja has been involved in controversies in the past too. In March, he put up a post on Facebook, which appeared to call for the demolition of statues of social reformer EV Ramasamy, also known as Periyar. “Today Lenin’s statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu’s EVR Ramaswami’s statue,” the BJP leader had said, hours after a Lenin statue was brought down in Tripura following the saffron party’s win in the Assembly elections.