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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 12 April: AFTER a gap of 21 days, yet another non-bailable FIR has been registered against noted Bengali poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay. This time, the FIR has been registered at Airport police station in Kolkata.

The FIR comes following a directive from Barrackpore court in North 24-Parganas district.

A man named Biplab Choudhury had moved the court after police refused to take his complaint against Srijato for posting a poem named Abhishap (Curse) on Facebook on 19 March that allegedly hurt Hindu religious sentiments.

“By penning and posting the poem, the poet has not only hurt my religious sentiments, has also tried to create enmity between the Hindus and the Muslims. Acting on my plea, the court on 01 April asked police to register my FIR,” Choudhury said.

Airport police station, under whose jurisdiction he lives, registered the FIR yesterday under Indian Penal Code sections 153 (provocation to riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), and 500 (defamation). The first two sections are non-bailable in nature.

Earlier on 22 March, the Siliguri Cyber Crime police station had registered an FIR against the poet under section 295A IPC on the same issue. This was based on a complaint from Hindu Samhati (Hindu Solidarity) activist Arnab Sarkar

In the poem Abhishap, without naming controversial BJP leader Yogi Adityanath who is now the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Srijato had criticised Adityanath’s past statement wherein he had allegedly called for raping Muslim women to avenge the violation of Hindu woman by Muslims.

There are lines in the poem that reads: “As long as you exhume my corpse to rape, the trident of your religion will have a condom over it.”

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