Clean Chit to 49 Celebrities while 185 Others Raise Voice for Them

0

Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar Sinha said order has been issued by him for the closure of the case as investigation so far revealed that allegations were levelled against the accused out of “mischief” and “lacked substance”.

NEWSDESK

GUWAHATI, 10TH OF OCTOBER, 2019

Muzaffarpur Police on Wednesday gave a clean chit to 49 eminent personalities who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concerns over the increasing incidents of mob lynching in the country on July earlier this year.

Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar Sinha said order has been issued by him for the closure of the case as investigation so far revealed that allegations were levelled against the accused out of “mischief” and “lacked substance”.

Meanwhile, personalities from the field of literature have come forward in support of the 49 celebrities who were booked by the Bihar Police for their open letter to Prime Minister.

“Can this be called an act of sedition? Or is harassment by misusing the courts a ploy to silence citizens’ voices?” posted on the Indian Cultural Forum’s website on 7 October.

“All of us, as members of the Indian cultural community, as citizens of conscience, condemn such harassment. We do more: we endorse every word of the letter our colleagues wrote to the Prime Minister… This is why more of us will speak every day. Against mob lynching. Against the silencing of people’s voices. Against the misuse of courts to harass citizens,” it further added.

As many as 185 people have pledged their support, and have invited others to join their campaign. Among them are historian Romila Thapar, writer K. Satchidanandan, actor Naseeruddin Shah, and author Saba Dewan.

A letter sent to PM Modi in July, signed by personalities including historian Ramachandra Guha, filmmakers Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen and Anurag Kashyap, and actor Konkona Sen Sharma, had raised concerns over intolerance in India, rising cases of mob lynchings and the need to allow dissent to protect the country’s democracy.

“You have criticised such lynchings in Parliament Mr. Prime Minister, but that is not enough! What action has actually been taken against the perpetrators? We strongly feel that such offences should be declared non-bailable, and that exemplary punishment should be meted out swiftly and surely,” the letter read.

Weeks later Muzaffarpur-based lawyer, Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed an FIR against the 49 celebrities.

Ojha said he had no objection to the letter as such, but “by getting it published in the media, they deliberately tried to tarnish the image of the PM and the country”, he told.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.