Microphone snatched, poet questioned by group of right-wing activists over a poem that he wrote two years ago
Silchar: Bengali poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay was allegedly heckled by suspected right-wing activists at an event held in Silchar town of Assam’s Cachar district on Saturday evening. A video of a group of people angrily questioning Bandyopadhyay and heckling him has been doing the rounds on social media since the incident.
Bandyopadhyay was invited to inaugurate a cultural event organised by ‘Esho Boli’ in Silchar.
During the event, a group of people barged into the venue as soon as the programme commenced and snatched the microphone. They then started questioning the poet about a poem he wrote two years ago.
The poet had courted controversy in March 2017 with a poem titled Abhishap, which was written the day Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. In the poem, he had allegedly made a derogatory reference to the trident, a symbol of Hinduism. Police complaints were filed against him and he also received threats.
The group later ransacked the hotel where the event was held.
Following the tension, Bandyopadhyay and some of the organisers locked themselves inside the auditorium.
Later, a huge contingent of policemen arrived and rescued the poet. Armed policemen took him to a local circuit house which was guarded through the night. Early in the morning, the Bengali poet was escorted to Silchar airport and returned to Kolkata on Sunday.
Meanwhile, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reportedly called him and assured him of security.
Police sources say that they have neither received an official complaint from the poet nor the organisers against the gate crashers.