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The Aligarh district administration has issued a show-cause notice to the organizers of a religious event on Sunday, during which some speakers allegedly made objectionable references against a minority community.

The event, a Sanatan Dharma Sabha, took place at Aligarh’s Ramlila Ground on Sunday and was attended by Yati Narsinghanand and Kalicharan Maharaj, both of whom are already facing criminal cases for hate speeches.

The notice from the administration stated that permission was granted for food distribution and a ceremony for priests, but it was brought to their attention that swords were brandished at the event, despite a ban on carrying weapons. There are also reports of comments made regarding a religious minority to incite sentiments.

The notice further stated that if a satisfactory response is not filed within 24 hours, action will be taken against the organizers. In a video purportedly from the Aligarh event, Kalicharan can be heard telling the crowd that “Hindus have become a minority” in the country and that there was an “extreme situation” at present, and the community should be prepared for all circumstances. He also reportedly said that the Hindu community must think of protecting their loved ones from members of the minority community.

According to the Aligarh police, there was no complaint regarding the event. An official stated that action will be taken as per the notice issued by the administration.

Kalicharan was previously arrested for his speech at a similar event on December 25-26 last year, where he had allegedly abused Mahatma Gandhi and hailed Nathuram Godse for killing him. He was arrested in January and granted bail by the High Court on April 1.

Narsinghanand, who is out on bail in the Haridwar hate speech case, had last month delivered a speech at an event, exhorting Hindus to pick up arms, citing the “threat of conversion and violence if a Muslim is made the prime minister.”

One of the conditions for Narsinghanand’s bail was that he would not be a part of an event or gathering “aimed at creating differences between communities.”

Other seers from Hindu Mahasabha and various other religious groups were also present at the event.

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