Veteran Bollywood actor and BJP leader in West Bengal Mithun Chakraborty was on 16 June grilled by the Kolkata Police in connection with a controversial speech made by him while campaigning for the recently concluded West Bengal assembly polls.
The actor had reportedly used lines from his Bengali hit films such as “marbo ekhane, lash porbe smashane” (MLA Fatakeshto, 2006: My blow has such impact, you’ll end up dead) and “ek chhobole chhobi” (one bite and you’ll end up dead) during an election rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds on 7 March in presence of Narendra Modi.
An FIR was registered against the actor in Maniktala of Kolkata for his speech. The complainant claimed in his FIR that the actor had used dialogues like “marbo ekhane lash porbe shoshane (I will hit you here and the body will fall in the crematorium)” and “ek chobole chabi (just one snakebite and you will become a photograph) during a BJP campaign rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata for the West Bengal assembly elections.
It was alleged that the actor’s utterances were a cause for post-poll violence in the state. The 71-year-old actor, who was among the BJP’s star campaigners in the April-May election, was questioned virtually in connection with the case filed against him.
Mithun Chakraborty had, last week, filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court, seeking quashing of the case registered against him for alleged incitement to post-poll violence through his speeches, in which he had uttered popular dialogues from his films.
He had sought the quashing of FIR against him under Sections 504, 505, 153A and 120B of the IPC. However, the court asked him to join the investigation virtually.
The veteran Bollywood actor was questioned for about 45 minutes by the officers of Kolkata Police.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that “human lives are more important than politics” and asked people to “stop this violence”.