Kolkata police denies permission for RSS chief’s rally

The Kolkata police on Thursday denied permission to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat�s rally, proposed to be conducted on January 14 in the city, and asked the outfit to fix an alternative date.

Kolkata police denies permission for RSS chief’s rally

The Kolkata police on Thursday denied permission to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s rally, proposed to be conducted on January 14 in the city, and asked the outfit to fix an alternative date.

“Kolkata police has officially communicated to RSS its decision not to accord permission to the proposed rally either at Brigade Parade Ground or at Bhukailash Maidan on January 14,” Kolkata Police Additional Commissioner (III) and DC Headquarters Supratim Sarkar told media agencies.


“They have been asked to fix an alternative date for the rally,” Sarkar said. RSS state unit spokesperson Jishnu Basu told reporters that the outfit would move the court tomorrow and they were hopeful that the court would allow them to organise a rally.

Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the Kolkata Police commissioner to consider within 24 hours an application on behalf of the RSS for permission to hold a rally to be addressed by Mohan Bhagwat.

Asked if the court ruling went against them, state RSS chief Bidyut Mukherjee said, “We will honour each and every word of the court. But if we are not allowed to hold the public meeting, we will organise the programme in other form”.

On the police asking them to find an alternative date, Basu said, “We had applied for police permission in the last week of December. The police had been sitting on our application and at the last moment, now they are giving lame excuses”.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will arrive in Kolkata tomorrow to attend a two-day internal meeting of the organisation.