The controversy over a turban of Sikh man falling off through the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) march earlier this week refused to die down even after West Bengal police mentioned the turban had fallen off “in the scuffle”.
On Saturday, BJP leaders raked up the problem afresh and a few tweeted visuals of the incident throughout Thursday’s rally. The BJP nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya raised the problem on Saturday and questioned the silence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Mr. Vijayvargiya mentioned that the incident quantities to “insult of religious sentiment”.
Former governor of Tripura Tathagata Roy, who’s looking for to play an lively half in West Bengal politics, tweeted movies of the incident and accused the police of “mercilessly beating up and snatching and untying the turban of Sardar Balwinder Singh”. The West Bengal police has denied all these allegations saying it respects all religions.
“The officer specifically asked him to put his pagri back before the arrest. The attached photo has been clicked right before he was escorted to the police station. We remain committed to our duty to uphold law and order in the State,” the WB Police mentioned on social media.
The police had accused Balwinder Singh of “carrying firearms”.
Videos of a firearm recovered from the 43-year-old Mr. Singh through the rally on Thursday have been additionally aired by native tv channels. He was arrested on Thursday after restoration of the firearm.
“The pagri had fallen off automatically in the scuffle that ensued, without any attempt to do so by our officer (visible in the video attached). It is never our intention to hurt the sentiments of any community,” the police mentioned. The State unit president of BJP Dilip Ghosh had mentioned Mr. Singh was a safety personnel of a BJP chief
Several members of the Sikh neighborhood, together with cricketer Harbhajan Singh, tweeted, tagging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, to say, “Please look into the matter. This just isn’t done”.