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Tribal groups against Ravana's burning in Madhya Pradesh, warn organisers of police case

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BHOPAL: Tribal groups are up in arms against the burning of Ravana in Madhya Pradesh. 

They are opposing the tradition to burn Ravana's effigy during Dussehra. 

The tribal communities have threatened that they would file FIRs against organisers if Ravana effigy was set afire, as he is their deity.

The groups have given memorandums to the officials in this regard and have sought ban on the practice. "Ravana is the most revered figure in our community and that Ravana and his son Meghnad is being worshipped by them since ages", they claim. 

“Burning our most revered deity is an insult to the community, an action that created animosity between the communities,” they claim.

The organisations that had submitted the memorandum warned the district administration that if ban is not imposed on burning effigy of their God then criminal cases would be lodged against the organisations that organise such functions.

The Adivasi Vikas Parishad condemned the Dushera Organising Committee that organises the programme on Dushera during which effigy of Ravana is burnt. Parishad warned the district administration that the district is tribal dominated area and the act of burning Ravana’s replicas amount to anti-national activity.

Gondwana Ganatantra Party (GGP) too, gave memorandum to Tehsildar at Amla and said that people of other communities should respect their sentiments and stop burning effigy of the deity they worship. GGP also warned that FIR would be lodged against the persons who organise such programmes.