Actor Prakash Raj on Saturday hit out at former singer and union minister, Babul Supriyo, for threatening to skin alive local residents of Asansol last week.
Speaking at a conclave, organised by Aaj Tak channel, Raj said, “Your leaders are good orators, they keep talking. Today when we are talking about cultural war, we are looking at your behavioural pattern. You know what culture is? All of us are artists here. We need to be more sensitive.
“Do you know the pain of somebody losing a son? The culture of any religion or human being is; The imam, who lost his son in the riots in Bengal said ‘don’t communalise this, I will go if you want.’ That is culture. You going there and saying ‘I will skin you’ is uncultured.”
Supriyo, in his defence said that he had spoken to the Imam for 15 minutes on Friday night after obtaining his phone number with great difficulty. The former singer and Asansol MP also said that the people he had threatened to skin alive were the Trinamool workers and asked Raj to not rely on half information.
Supriyo also said that he had applauded the Imam’s act on Twitter. The former singer had indeed tweeted saluting Imam sahab’s extraordinary act, “I salute u ImamSaab& I hope one day I wil b able 2 visit u without being judged or being accused of playing
#VoteBankPolitics•There is no way anyone of us can ever relate 2 the pain u r going thru but I can surely feel rejuvenated& inspired by the mind power u hv showered•Salam”
A video of Union Minister Babul Supriyo threatening to rip off his constituent’s skin after they staged protests against him in his own constituency Asansol had gone viral last week. Parts of West Bengal have been tense since Ram Navami celebrations when professions taken out, mostly by BJP workers, caused communal violence in Asansol and Raniganj. At least four people are reported to have been killed.
On Wednesday, cops found a body of a 16-year-old son of a local Imam, who was allegedly kidnapped and beaten to death by Hindutva goons. The Imam, however, has become a hero because of his passionate speech urging Muslims not to avenge his son’s murder. He even threatened to leave Asansol if Muslims did not pay heed to his appeal. His speech, made soon after the burial of his son, Sibtullah Rashidi, brought tears to everyone’s eyes.
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