National Students' Union of India (NSUI) members began protesting outside Parliament House in New Delhi against Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare force-feeding a fasting Muslim IRCTC employee. Police have detained the protesters.
A furore was also created in Lok Sabha on Wednesday after Vichare was caught on video force-feeding fasting catering supervisor Arshad Zubair, allegedly to protest being served bad food in the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.
In a complaint to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner, Zubair, who was at the receiving end of the Shiv Sena MPs' anger, said chapatis were put into his mouth even though he was wearing his name tag.
"I was getting the orders prepared. They caught me and put the chapatis into my mouth. I was wearing a formal uniform as prescribed by IRCTC and everybody in the panel also knew my name as 'Arshad' as I was wearing the name tag.
"Even then, they pushed chapatis into my mouth, which caused my fast to break on the eve of Ramzan. I was hurt with the thing they have done as religious sentiments were concerned," Arshad said in his complaint.
Instead of apologising for the incident, the Shiv Sena on Thursday defended Vichare as its mouthpiece Saamana wrote that the incident was just about party MPs revolting against mismanagement at the Maharashtra Sadan.
"The issue was being blown out of proportion and the communal angle was being added unnecessarily by the media," the editorial added.
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Updated Date: Jul 24, 2014 10:18:12 IST