Kolkata: Three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists were arrested for raising “desh ke gaddaro ko, goli maro … (shoot the traitors) slogans on Sunday night while they went to attend Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata.
“This illegal act by passing provocative slogans, “desh ke gaddaro ko goli maro sale ko”, by the supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party is a cognizable offence,” a Kolkata Police officer said.
According to Kolkata Police, one Indrajit kumar Mal (29 year old) a resident of JL Nehru Road in Kolkata had lodged the complaint with the New Market Polcie Station (case no.72, on March 1 u/s 153(A)/505/506(ii)/34 of IPC). Police said “Three accused persons have been arrested”.
The trio, who was identified as Dhruva Basu, Pankaj Prasad, and Surendra Kumar Tewary, were arrested on Sunday night, police said. While passing the Maidan Market in Esplanade to the rally venue at Shahid Minar ground, the BJP activists raised ‘goli maro’ slogans.
“The three accused were booked under four penal sections, including two non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code,” a senior police officer said. They were produced before a city court on Monday.
Reacting to “Goli Maaro slogan” raised by some BJP workers on Sunday, Mamata said, “I took the initiative to get three persons arrested. The slogan is illegal, it is aimed to instigate people”, adding, “This is not Delhi and I will not tolerate these things here.”
On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed a rally in Kolkata in support of CAA, accusing Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and the Opposition of terrorizing refugees by creating a false impression about the CAA.
During BJP rallies ahead of the New Delhi Assembly polls, in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), some BJP leaders, including Union Minister Anurag Thakur, had rsised the ‘goli maro’ slogans.