The Kolkata Police prevented the Hindu religious workers from distributing the 'Hanuman Chalisa', a Hindu religious book among the visitors of the 44th International Kolkata Book Fair. However, later allows when the workers pointed out the free distribution of Quran and Bible among the visitors, News 18 reported.
The Hindu religious workers belonged to the organisation called Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). It is one of the major Hindu organisation not only carried out religious programmes but also several social programmes like Blood Donation Camps, carried various activities at India’s drought prone areas, health camps within tribals etc.
According to media reports, the incident took place when several left-leaning students from Kolkata University were chanting anti-CAA, anti-NRC slogans outside stall number 370 of the VHP at the Kolkata Book Fair and had taken out a rally holding placards.
In the evening when one of the stalls of VHP started distributing free 'Hanuman Chalisa' to visitors, the same group started protesting against the act and was also reportedly involved in a scuffle with the VHP activists.
As a result, Kolkata Police intervened and opposed the free distribution of 'Hanuman Chalisa' to visitors on the ground of Law and Order. However, the VHP workers pointed out the other stalls before police which are freely distributing the Quran and Bible in the book fair.
According to media reports, VHP member Swarup Chatterjee told media that, "There was tension initially. But when we wanted to know why the Hanuman Chalisa cannot be distributed if other organisations can give out the Quran and the Bible, the police relented, and we continued with the distribution,"