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Spiritual guru held in Agra

IANS  |  Lucknow 

was on Tuesday arrested in city where he had gone to address a meeting of people protesting against the changes in the law pertaining to atrocities on the Dalits and tribals, police said.

He was released in the evening on furnishing a personal bond and asked to leave for Mathura.

of Police said that he was questioned to ascertain his motive for visiting

The district administration had denied him permission to hold a meeting in and police arrested him as he was on way to address a press conference in Kamlanagar. He was sent to the police lines.

Many of his followers were also arrested after they protested.

Thakur called his arrest "murder of democracy".

Thakur was scheduled to address a public meeting at Khandauli which the police felt could disturb peace and harmony, a told IANS. Permission to hold the rally was denied due to prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC.

The has been very vocal against the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and claimed that it will become a tool of oppression against the upper castes.

The 40-year-old spiritual guru has been giving fiery speeches against the Narendra Modi government's decision to bring about changes in the SC/ST law in the wake of ruling on the matter.

Known for his narration of the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha, Thakur has lakhs of followers in Uttar Pradesh, and



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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 21:00 IST