When Yogi Adithyanath had taken oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017, Bandyopadhyay had posted a controversial poem containing words like ‘condom on a trident’ on social media, which triggered massive protests against him for hurting Hindu sentiments. Hindu activists have questioned the motive of inviting Bandyopadhyay at a time when the NRC is being updates.
Guwahati: A bunch of activists on Saturday night had ransacked a hotel in Assam’s Silchar town where Bengali poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay, believed to espouse a letist ideology, was invited as a guest of honour at an event named Esho Boli (Come, let's speak up).
Bandopadhyay had arrived in Silchar to attend the event, a symposium for writing and sketching for the youths.
A large number of the activists gathered at Hotel Riya Palace in Silchar to lodge their protest. Bandyopadhyay courted controversy when his 'poetic' compositions targeted Hindu gods, beliefs and traditions with offensive descriptions.
When Yogi Adithyanath had taken oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017, Bandyopadhyay had posted a controversial poem containing words like ‘condom on a trident’ on social media, which triggered massive protests against him for hurting Hindu sentiments.
The Hindu activists shouted slogans against the poet. Some of them pelted stones at the hotel where the programme was organised. The protesters disrupted the programme attend by the poet.
When the situation turned violent, police and CRPF personnel were deployed. The security personnel led by the Additional Superintendent of Police of Cachar district escorted Srijato and whisked him away from the hotel.
Some activists alleged that 'Trinamool Congress agent'Bandopadhyay had come here to disrupt the brotherhood and bonds of Bengalis and Assamese at a time when the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was going on.
“In his series of poem, Srijato used some words, which insults Hindu gods and hurts religious sentiments. We can’t allow such type of a person to attend any programme here,” Gautam Chakraborty, a Hindu activist said.
Gautam further said that a section of people with an anti-Hindu mindset had sent Bandyopadhyay to create a disturbance situation in Assam, but that his group would fight such machinations.
FIRs have been lodged against the 'poet' for his controversial poem titled ‘Abhishap’ or ‘Curse’, a critique of Hindutva.
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