‘Mi­tra not held for ra­so­golla tweet, but for hurt­ing sen­ti­ments of Odias’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - —PTI

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Po­lice on Sat­ur­day said Del­hibased jour­nal­ist Ab­hi­jit Iy­erMi­tra was ar­rested not for his Twit­ter post on ra­so­golla, but for hurt­ing the sen­ti­ments of the Odia peo­ple, among other rea­sons.

The Odisha Po­lice’s state­ment came in re­sponse to me­dia re­ports that claimed that Mi­tra has been ar­rested for his year-old Twit­ter post about the ori­gin of ra­so­golla.

“This is ab­so­lutely false and mis­chievous. His friv­o­lous com­ment on ra­so­golla is not at all a ground for le­gal ac­tion against him,” the state­ment said. It said the re­ports were part of a ma­li­cious cam­paign aimed at ma­lign­ing the state po­lice by “prop­a­gat­ing a false pro­pa­ganda” and to cover the “ac­tual deeds” of Mi­tra.

The Odisha Po­lice said the ac­cused jour­nal­ist was ar­rested on the ba­sis of FIRs lodged against his “deroga­tory, mis­chievous and ob­jec­tion­able com­ments” on art and cul­ture of Odisha, Lord Ja­gan­nath and the Odia com­mu­nity as a whole. They said two cases were reg­is­tered against Mi­tra for his of­fen­sive com­ments.

A case was reg­is­tered at Konark po­lice sta­tion in Puri dis­trict on Septem­ber 19.

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