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Actor Mithun Chakraborty interrogated by Kolkata Police

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Veteran actor-turned BJP politician Mithun Chakraborty was interrogated by Kolkata Police virtually on Wednesday, based on an FIR lodged against him, alleging that the actor was responsible for ‘inciting’ violence through his speeches during BJP’s poll campaign in Kolkata on March 7.

The complaint filed in Maniktala police station against him, which was treated as FIR, has alleged the film star of “inciting post-poll violence” in West Bengal through his hate speeches.

The veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty had moved to Calcutta High Court for quashing the FIR against him. However, the court directed the police to question the actor virtually through video-conferencing. The actor has pleaded that he had only uttered dialogues from his popular films in his speech in popular demand and these were not meant to be literal.

A Trinamool Congress (TMC) worker had filed a police complaint at Maniktala Police station against Chakraborty for “instigating and provoking” BJP workers.

Chakraborty was questioned virtually by the Kolkata Police in connection with the case filed against him over his alleged hate speech. The virtual questioning session lasted for 45 minutes, starting from 10.40 am.

The actor claimed during the virtual interrogation that he used such film dialogues, which were only recreational, and that he is innocent and in no way connected with any offence. He was asked by the Kolkata Police why he chose those specific dialogues. He, however, said these dialogues were not his own and thus he was not accountable for them. The Assistant Officer-in-Charge of Maniktala Police Station is the investigating officer in the case.

The 71-year-old actor, who was a star BJP campaigner in the Bengal assembly election, had joined the saffron party on March 7 in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. He had conducted innumerable roadshows and public rallies in various parts of the state.

In the complaint, it has been mentioned that the renowned actor has 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 national award-winning actor, however, told the court that he had just uttered popular dialogues from his films in public demand. On March 7, while addressing a mega rally and BJP’s first rally in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the key speaker, Chakraborty had said, “Ami joldhorao noi, bele borao noi… ami ekta cobra, ek chobol-ei chobi (Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake, I am a cobra, can kill people in one bite’).” This dialogue is from his 2006 film, ‘Abhimanyu’.

He also used another dialogue from his film “MLA Fatakeshto”, which was also released in 2006, “Marbo ekhaney…lash porbay shoshaney (‘I will thrash you here. Your body will be found at the crematorium.”) Both the dialogues are very popular and Chakraborty pleaded in the court that he did not use the dialogue in the literal sense.

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