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MP: FIR against poet Munawwar Rana for comparing Maharishi Valmiki to Taliban

By PTI

Guna: Madhya Pradesh Police has registered an FIR against Urdu poet Munawwar Rana for hurting religious sentiments by comparing Ramayana writer Maharishi Valmiki to Taliban.

A case was registered against Rana in Guna on Monday following a complaint by BJP’s Scheduled Castes cell’s state secretary Sunil Malviya and other members of the Valmiki community.

Talking to a channel, Rana had said, “Valmiki became a god after writing Ramayana, before that he was a dacoit. A person’s character can change. Similarly, Taliban, for now, are terrorists, but people And the characters change.”

Malviya alleged that Rana insulted Maharishi Valmiki with his comments and hurt the sentiments of Valmiki community and Hindus.

“He compared Maharishi Valmiki to Taliban and hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. Hence, we have filed a complaint against him,” he told reporters.

Guna Superintendent of Police Rajiv Mishra said on Monday, “A case has been registered against Rana at Kotwali police station. The matter will be sent to the concerned district (Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh).’

Police said a case was registered against Rana under IPC section 505 (2) (statement causing mischief in public) and it was being sent to Hazratganj police station in Lucknow, UP.

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