‘Controversial speech’: Award-winning actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty questioned by Kolkata Police

Kolkata: Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty addresses a public meeting after he joined BJP ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, Sunday, March 7, 2021.
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Kolkata: Kolkata Police virtually questioned BJP leader and Mithun Chakraborty based on a complaint lodged against him alleging that the actor was responsible for inciting violence through one of his speeches made during a BJP campaign rally.

A complaint filed in Maniktala police station has accused the actor of inciting post-poll violence in West Bengal through his speeches. Chakraborty moved the Calcutta High Court to quash the case against him.

But the court asked him to appear for questioning through video conferencing.

The complaint reportedly mentioned that the popular actor used phrases like “marbo ekhane lash porbe shoshane” (will hit you here and the body will land in the crematorium) and “ek chobole chobi (one snake bite and you will turn into a photograph)” at a rally in Kolkata after he joined the BJP on March 7.

The complaint also mentioned that these dialogues were enough to incite violence. The national award-winning actor, however, told the court that he had just repeated popular dialogues from his films.

The actor claimed that the use of such film dialogues were only meant to be recreational and that he is innocent of the charge and in no way connected with any offence as alleged by the complainant.

After the hearing the Calcutta High Court directed Chakraborty to provide his e-mail address to the state so that he could make himself available for questioning through video conferencing. Kolkata police following the direction of the court have started questioning Chakraborty.