Programme featuring ‘Condom on a Trident’ poet vandalised in Silchar

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Jan 13: The right-wing activists on Saturday night had ransacked a hotel in Assam’s Silchar town where far left Bengali poet Srijato Bandopadhyay was invited as a guest of honour in a launch event of ‘Aesho Boli’.

According to reports, Srijato Bandopadhyay arrived at Silchar to attend a programme titled ‘Aesho Boli’, a symposium for writing and sketch for the youth.

A large number of the right-wing activists gathered at Hotel Riya Palace in Silchar town and protested against the invitation to Bengali poet Srijato Bandopadhyay, who is in the controversy for his anti-hindu poems which often insults the Hindu gods with derogatory stanzas and also hurt religious sentiments.

The right-wing activists shouted against the poet and some of them had pelted stones to the hotel, where the programme was organised.

The protesters had disrupted the programme attend by the poet.

When the situation turned violent, police and CRPF personnel were deployed to control the situation.

The security personnel led by the Additional Superintendent of Police of Cachar district had escorted Srijato and took him from the hotel.

Some activists alleged that, when the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process is going in Assam, Trinamool Congress agent Srijato Bandopadhyay has come here to disrupt the brotherhood and bonds of Bengalis and Assamese.

“In his series of poem, Srijato used some words, which insults the Hindu Gods and also hurt religious sentiments. We can’t allow such type of person to attend any programme here,” Gautam Chakraborty, a right-wing activist said.

Gautam further said that, a section of anti-Hindu minded sent Srijato to create a disturbance situation in Assam, but we will defend it.

It is to be mentioned that, when Yogi Adithyanath took oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017, Bengali poet Srijato posted his controversial poem with used words like ‘condom on a trident’ on social media on that day, which triggered massive protests against him for hurting Hindu sentiments.

FIRs were also lodged against him for his controversial poem titled ‘Abhishap’ or ‘Curse’ which is a critique of the hardline Hindutva.

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