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MP: 8 detained after Hindu groups objected to ‘controversial’ religious books

Eight people were detained in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia town after some Hindu organizations accused them of distributing controversial books about conversion, police said on Monday.

On Sunday, a group of 10 people, including five women, were distributing religious books when some people protested and informed the police, an official said.

He said those who distributed the books soon joined his supporters at the police station and both sides created a ruckus, leading to the detention of eight persons.

Kotwali police station in-charge Ravindra Sharma said, “We have taken a case against 10 people under section 505(2) (statement causing or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code, two of whom are unknown. Huh.” said.

“Acting on a tip-off, activists of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) approached the group from Holy Cross School alleging that the books the latter were giving were about conversion. We are probing the matter,” he said.

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