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Mithun Chakraborty questioned by Kolkata police over campaign speech

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI: Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty was questioned virtually by Kolkata police on in connection with a complaint alleging that he had incited post-poll violence through his speeches while campaigning for the West Bengal assembly election.

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An FIR was registered in Maniktala against his speech. The complainant claimed in his FIR that the actor had used dialogues like “marbo ekhane lash porbe shoshane” (Will hit you here and the body will land in the crematorium) and “ek chobole chabi” (one snakebite and you will turn into a photograph) at a rally here after he joined the BJP on March 7.

The national award winning actor has been accused of promoting enmity between different groups, an intentional insult to provoke breach of peace, and making statements conducing to public mischief.

Clashes were reported from several places in the state following the declaration of assembly poll results on May 2.

Chakraborty claimed that the utterances of such film dialogues were only recreational and that he is innocent and in no way connected with any offence as alleged by the complainant.

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Last week the Calcutta high court had directed Chakraborty to provide his email address to the state so that he can make himself available by way of video conference.

Hearing a petition by the national award-winning actor for quashing of the case registered against him at a city police station, the court had directed the investigating officer to afford a reasonable time to Chakraborty for his appearance by way of a video conference.

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