Mumbai attackers spared Muslims, Tathagata Roy tweets, then deletes; later admits that the statement was ‘factually’ wrong
Shillong: Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy, who has landed himself in several controversies in the past over his tweets, sparked off a fresh row on Monday when he made an insensitive comment about the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
In the tweet, Roy wrote: “10th anniversary today of Paki-sponsored slaughter of innocents (except Muslims) at Mumbai, popularly called 26/11. Does anyone remember why we didn’t even downgrade our diplomatic relations with the Pakis (let alone break off such relations or go to war)?”.
Roy quickly deleted the tweet after it led to a backlash on social media platforms, with some users calling Roy “irresponsible” and “hatemonger”.
The governor tweeted again: “I was misinformed of the Paki-sponsored killers of 26/11having spared Muslims. In fact several Muslims were killed. It was a mistake of facts and I am sorry for the same. The relevant tweet has been deleted.”
He later deleted this tweet, too, but not before posting another one: “The tweet relating to 26/11 contained a factual mistake. It has been deleted with apologies. No further inquiries please.”
Officials at Meghalaya Raj Bhawan were quoted as saying by some media reports that the governor is likely to reach Shillong on Monday evening. A statement, if any, would be issued only after that, they added.