Mumbai: Activist seeks FIR against BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra for making communal, inflammatory remarks

Mumbai: An activist has submitted a letter of complaint to the Agripada police, seeking to register an FIR against Sambit Patra, the BJP spokesperson, for allegedly making communal and inflammatory remarks against the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar and the Muslim community.

During a debate on a TV news channel on November 8, Waqar had questioned Patra about the rationale behind changing the name of Ekana International University in Uttar Pradesh and renaming it after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. During the discussion, Patra threatened Waqar, saying he had better sit down and keep quiet, or else he (Patra) would rename a mosque after Lord Vishnu.

The complaint states that Patra’s statements were inflammatory, deliberate, provocative, and would create disharmony, enmity, hatred and ill-will between the two communities.  Khan has asked the police to register a non-cognisable offence. However, Abhinash Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 3), said, “We have received a complaint against Sambit Patra. But an FIR has not been registered as yet.”

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