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