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“Nukkad Natak on current issues is not blasphemous….”: Assam CM on activists who dressed up like Lord Shiva in street play

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Dispur/Assam: Big news has come out from Nagaon in Assam. Here the person who played the role of Lord Shiva in a street play has been arrested. The person is accused of hurting religious sentiments, was seen arguing with a woman, who enacted the role of Goddess Parvati, when their motorcycle ran out of petrol. On Sunday, Sadar police station in-charge Manoj Rajvanshi (Sadar PS Incharge) said that an accused in the guise of Lord Shiva, who has been arrested, will be presented in the court. 2 others have also not been arrested so far on the suspicion of being involved in this case.

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However, now the latest update in this case is that the accused has got bail. He has been served notice and released. Nagaon SP has given this information.

On this matter Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said enacting a street play over current issues is not blasphemous and added that dressing up is not a crime unless offensive material is said.

A man, who portrayed Lord Shiva in nukkad natak (street play) in Assam’s Nagaon, was arrested for hurting religious sentiments. He was later released on bail.

The Assam CM said that appropriate instructions have been issued to the district police in connection with the case.
“Dressing up is not a crime unless offensive material is said. Appropriate order has been issued to Nagaon Police,” he tweeted.

In the street play, Birinchi Bora and his co-actor Parishimita, seen dressed as Shiva and Parvati, were riding a two-wheeler on a road. At the designated spot for the street play, the vehicle stops apparently because it ran out of fuel. What follows was an argument between Shiva and Parvati over the issue, where ‘Shiva’ starts to attack the Modi government over rising fuel prices and other issues.

BJP worker Raja Pareek said, “They dressed up as Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati. If you want to protest, sit and do it. We don’t support their act of dressing up as deities. BJP has lodged an FIR.”

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The district units of Bajrang Dal and VHP, the wake of the symbolic protest, separately lodged two FIRs at Nagaon Police Station, alleging that the play categorically “hurt the dignity of the Hindu gods”. The police immediately picked up Bora, a former general secretary of Nowgong College Students Union, and later arrested him. His arrest was widely condemned by many on social media.

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