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More than a hundred citizens including five former chiefs of the armed forces along with several prominent citizens have written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the recent hate speech incidents urging them to take “appropriate measures”.

In the letter, the citizens referred to the recent communal comments that were made at an event in Haridwar. 

In the letter, the citizens said, “We cannot allow such incitement to violence together with public expressions of hate – which not only constitute serious breaches of internal security but which could also tear apart the social fabric of our nation.”

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“In view of the current situation on our borders, any breach of peace and harmony within the Nation will embolden inimical external forces”, the letter added.

The letter further added, “The unity and cohesiveness of our men and women in uniform, including the CAPFs and Police Forces, will be seriously affected by allowing such blatant calls for violence against one or the other community in our diverse and plural society.”

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The signatories from the armed forces include former Navy chiefs Admiral (Retd) L Ramdas, Admiral (retd) Vishnu Bhagwat, Admiral (retd) Arun Prakash and Admiral (retd) RK Dhowan.

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