On record: Violence and hate, fuelled by media

A video grab of the incident purportedly shows Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare aggressively thrusting a chapati.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2014 1:45 am

Force-feeding the Muslim staffer by the Shiv Sena MPs was a part of the violence they unleashed at the New Maharashtra Sadan on July 17, and was fuelled by “instigation” of a section of the media. This is the key revelation in the incident report filed by the manager of the New Maharashtra Sadan, which has been accessed by The Indian Express.

“The mob broke the wall clock in the Resident Commissioner’s cabin and wrote ‘Jai Maharashtra’ on the wall. After this, they charged to IRCTC catering service in the public dining hall and then in the kitchen in a very violent manner. Seeing their aggression, many IRCTC staff including the management, the vendor etc just ran away from their respective places. The leaders of the mob were looking for IRCTC managers etc who were nowhere in the picture and had fled,” says the report, which was first submitted to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner and has since been sent to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary.

The Indian Express reported on Wednesday that the group of 11 Sena MPs, apparently angry over the quality of food and accommodation arrangements at the Sadan, vandalised the place and allegedly tried to force a Muslim catering superviser, Arshad Zubair S, who was fasting for Ramzan, to eat a chapati.

A video grab of the incident purportedly shows Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare aggressively thrusting a chapati at Zubair’s mouth, saying “ye kha(eat this)”. Zubair first turns away, and then tells Vichare, “Main fast pe hoon (I am on fast)”. The MP thrusts the chapati into his mouth twice more, before letting it fall to the floor.

“The mob threatened to break open the stores’ door, whereupon I reached and requested them not to break the door as there was nothing but vegetables stored in it. Later, it was brought to my notice that the mob, after reaching the kitchen, had taken a chapati, questioning whether it was fit for human consumption, doubting its quality and thickness… and stuffed the chapati into the IRCTC employee’s mouth,” says the incident report.

“It is pertinent to note that this incident was provoked and fuelled by the active instigation of media personnel,” it says. “In the meanwhile, the Honorable Chief Secretary arrived at Maharashtra Sadan and offered to mediate in the matter. Accordingly, an urgent meeting was held in the video conference room by the Honorable Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, with the aggrieved MPs,” says the report.

“The acts of vandalism included ransacking of camp office of the Resident Commissioner at NMS and kitchen room of NMS. They also reportedly forced a Muslim resident manager of IRCTC, namely Arshad, to consume a full chapati whilst he was having fast,” says a letter from Resident Commissioner Bipin Mallick to the Chief Secretary.

“According to an email received from IRCTC official, the acts of the Hon’ble MPs have hurt the religious sentiments of the IRCTC employees and on that ground, the IRCTC withdrew its services at NMS with immediate effect, irrespective of MoU conditions. The Resident Commissioner, on his part, tried his best to assuage the sentiment of the employee concerned and tendered a written apology… for the acts alleged to have been committed by the Hon’ble MPs. However, it was informed by Shankar Malhotra, (IRCTC) Deputy General Manager, that the decision of IRCTC was final and irreversible,” says the letter.

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  1. t
    Jul 24, 2014 at 3:52 am
    I agree 2000%. Look at the uniform headlines. It was as if SENA MPs enjo breaking his religious fast. but when we saw video...it was just aggressive protest of MP against bad quality food by MAHA sadan manager who is MAHA CM's stooge. No words are enough to condemn Indian Express for its headline yesterday. I curse this news paper to die its natural but quick death for such hate spreading! Never ever play with national integration your stupid news paper.
  2. A
    Jul 24, 2014 at 6:17 am
    " It is pertinent to note that this incident was provoked and fuelled by the active instigation of media personnel" why no action against media for instigating it and Aeshad did not eat so where is crime for which parliament disrupted and media shouted. Why parliament not similarly disrupted when muslim instructor raped a 8 year old in Bangalore? Indian Express seems a gutter paper now involved in individual cases of no importance and parliment full of looser determined to disrupt.
  3. R
    Jul 24, 2014 at 3:44 am
    All big TV channels are run by bunch of stupid and irresponsible people.
  4. r
    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:38 am
    Its not the w media but there are certain publications which leave no chance to diffuse hatred and antagonistic propaa.The TOI being top on the list.
  5. s
    Jul 24, 2014 at 6:14 am
    At the outset,I must declare that I am no admirer of Shiv Sena .But Your first page Headline that Shiv Sena MP force- feeding a roti to a fasting Muslim Employee is totally unwarrantd, From the footage itis clear that the MP was trying to strech the roti to demonstrate the quality of it.If he is guilty, he should be punished for force-feeding a man and there was absolutely no necessity to give a communal colour.This is divisive journalism at its worst and this is not the way to demonstrate your secularism.
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