Shiv Sena MPs forced Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast

New Delhi, 23 July-2014, HT: At least 11 members of Parliament belonging to the Shiv Sena allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor, who was fasting for Ramzan, to eat a chapati at the new Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week, an Indian Express report said on Wednesday.

Shiv Sena MPs forced Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast

Shiv Sena MPs forced Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast

Arshad Zubair, the Muslim staffer who was allegedly forced to eat during Ramzan by Sena MPs

The MPs were apparently angry over not being served Maharashtrian food, the report said.

The Express said a letter sent to Maharashtra chief secretary J Saharia has named the 11 Shiv Sena MPs as Sanjay Raut (Rajya Sabha), Anandrao Adsul (Amravati), Rajan Vichare (Thane), Arvind Sawant (Mumbai-South), Hemant Godse (Nashik), Krupal Tumane (Ramtek), Ravindra Gaikwad (Osmanabad), Vinayak Raut (Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg), Shivaji Adhalrao Patil (Shirur), Rahul Shewale (Mumbai-South Central) and Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan).

Caught clearly on camera: Sena MP Rajan Vichare forcing chapati into Muslim staffer’s mouth

Caught clearly on camera: Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare forcing chapati into Muslim staffer’s mouth. Watch the full footage exclusively
IRCTC, the Indian Railways subsidiary that was catering for the Sadan, has stopped all operations in protest, and complained to the Maharashtra resident commissioner Bipin Mallick.

IRCTC deputy general manager Shankar Malhotra wrote an email to Mallick on July 17 saying the MPs misbehaved with the staff at the public dining and forced the resident manager Arshad to eat a chapati.

“The specific incident happened with the Resident Manager/IRCTC, Sh. Arshad who was forced to consume full chapati whilst he was having fast on the eve of Ramzan. The concerned has been deeply pained and hurt on this account as religious sentiments are attached,” Malhotra wrote.

Arshad too has complained to the resident commissioner.

“All the guests along with media reporters and staffs of Maharashtra Sadan got into kitchen where I was getting the orders prepared. They caught me and put the chapati into my mouth. I was wearing a formal uniform set as prescribed by IRCTC and everybody in the panel also knew my name as ‘Arshad’ as I was wearing the name tag. Even then they inserted chapati in my mouth which caused my fast to break on the eve of Ramzan. I was hurt with the thing they have done as religious sentiments are concerned,” the Express quoted from his letter.

The Express said resident commissioner Mallick has sent a letter of apology to IRCTC expressing “his shock” at the incident.

The manager of the Sadan in his report about the incident has said “the mob”, which included the MPs’ supporters and members of the media, damaged the resident commissioner’s office.

“The mob threatened to break the glass door of RC’s chamber in New Maharashtra Sadan, forced an employee to open the door, occupied the cabin and started shouting slogans etc. Thereafter, the mob broke the wall clock in RC’s cabin and wrote ‘Jai Maharashtra’ on the wall,” the manager said in his report.

The state government has said it is examining the matter, and has promised “appropriate action”.

The MPs on their part say they were “insulted” at the Sadan and that the allegations against them are “wrong”.

One Response to Shiv Sena MPs forced Muslim catering supervisor to break his Ramzan fast

  1. शिवसेना सांसदों ने मुस्लिम कर्मी का रोजा तुड़वाने को मुंह में ठूंसी रोटी!
    रमजान के महीने में जहां पूरी दुनिया रमी हुई है, वहीं शिवसेना के 11 सांसदों की ओर से रोजे के दौरान जबरदस्ती एक मुस्लिम कर्मी के मुंह में रोटी ठूंसने का मामला सामने आया है.
    अंग्रेजी अखबार ‘द इंडियन एक्सप्रेस’ के मुताबिक, महाराष्ट्र सदन में महाराष्ट्र का व्यंजन न परोसे जाने से नाराज शिवसेना के 11 सांसदों ने कैटरिंग सुपरवाइजर ‪#‎अरशद‬ के साथ बुरा व्यवहार किया. घटना के दिन अरशद रोजे से थे. सांसदों के इस बुरे व्यवहार के विरोध में कैटरिंग का जिम्मा संभाल रही आईआरसीटीसी ने सदन में अपनी सेवाएं बंद कर दी.
    आईआरसीटीसी ने घटना के विरोध में महाराष्ट्र रेसीडेंट कमिश्नर को शिकायत की. कमिश्नर से शिकायत मिलते ही अरशद और आईआरसीटीसी से माफी मांगी. कमिश्नर ने अरशद से मिलकर सरकार की तरफ से संवेदनाएं व्यक्त करने की इच्छा जताई है.
    महाराष्ट्र सरकार ने मामले में जांच कर जरूरी कदम उठाने की बात कही है.
    17 जुलाई को आईआरसीटीसी के डिप्टी जीएम शंकर मल्होत्रा ने महाराष्ट्र रेसीडेंट कमिश्नर बिपिन मलिक को लिखे ई-मेल में कहा, महाराष्ट्र सदन में हुई एक मीटिंग में सांसदों को कैटरिंग, हाउसकीपिंग की दिक्कतें थीं. इन लोगों को ये दिक्कतें बीते कई महीनों से महाराष्ट्र सदन में हो रही थीं. घटना वाले दिन सांसद पब्लिक हॉल में आए और किचन समेत सदन के बाकी कर्मचारियों के साथ बुरा व्यवहार करने लगे.
    मल्होत्रा ने ई-मेल में लिखा, गुस्साए सांसदों ने कैटरिंग सुपरवाइजर अरशद को रोजे में जबरदस्ती रोटियां खिलाने की कोशिश की. अरशद के साथ जिस वक्त यह व्यवहार किया जा रहा था, उसने उस वक्त अपनी वर्दी और नेम प्लेट लगा रखी थी. शिकायत मिलने के बाद रेसीडेंट कमिश्नर ने घटना पर गहरा दुख जताया.
    आईआरसीटीसी की ओर से जिन 11 सांसदों पर बदसलूकी का आरोप लगाया गया है, उनमें संजय राउत, आनंद राव अदसुल, रंजन विचारे, अरविंद सावंत, हेमंत गोडसे, क्रुपल टुमाने, रविन्द्र गायकवाड, विनायक राउत, शिवाजी पाटिल, राहुल शेवाले और श्रीकांत शिंदे के नाम शामिल हैं.