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Banner banning Muslim vendors removed in Sagar

Tahasildar Mallesh B Pujar clarified that the taluk administration has not put up such a banner and has not imposed restrictions on vendors on the basis of religion.

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A banner stating that vendors belonging to a non-Hindu religion are not allowed to set up stalls at the Maha Ganapathi fair to be held in the city from April 2-28 was taken down on Thursday after going viral on networking sites social.

Tahasildar Mallesh B Pujar clarified that the taluk administration has not put up such a banner and has not imposed restrictions on vendors on the basis of religion.

Stalls have been auctioned off in the city. Dharmika Datti Parishat member Raghavendra Bhat said sellers who get stalls in the auction should set up the same and they should not allow others to set up stalls in the fair. If stalls are given to non-Hindus, they will be seized.

He said the Muzrai department has made it clear that non-Hindus are not allowed to do business at Hindu fairs and religious festivals. “We have no enmity towards other religions.”

A seller from the Muslim community said that “although the taluk administration has not officially issued any order prohibiting non-Hindus from setting up stalls at the fair, we did not participate in the auction in view of the current situation”.

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