New Delhi: Shiv Sena MPs ‘force’ Muslim worker to break fast

Shiv Sena MPs 'force' Muslim worker to break fastAt least eleven members of Indian parliament have allegedly forced a Muslim worker to break his Ramazan fast in New Delhi, India.
According to Indian media reports, the members of the parliament (MPs), belonging to Shiv Sena, forced the Muslim catering supervisor to eat chapatti when they weren’t served their desired food at Maharastra Sadan in New Delhi.
The Express said a letter sent to Maharashtra chief secretary J Saharia has named the 11 Shiv Sena MPs as Sanjay Raut (Rajya Sabha), Anandrao Adsul (Amravati), Rajan Vichare (Thane), Arvind Sawant (Mumbai-South), Hemant Godse (Nashik), Krupal Tumane (Ramtek), Ravindra Gaikwad (Osmanabad), Vinayak Raut (Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg), Shivaji Adhalrao Patil (Shirur), Rahul Shewale (Mumbai-South Central) and Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan), the Hindustan Times reported.
The Indian Railways subsidiary (IRCTC) that was catering for the Sadan suspended all operations in protest while formally complaint the Maharashtra resident commissioner about the incident in an email.
The IRCTC stated that the MPs, belonging to Shiv Sena misbehaved with the Muslim staffer and forced him to break his fast by putting chapatti in his mouth. The incident happened at the public dining while the MPs knew he was a Muslim.
“The specific incident happened with the Resident Manager/IRCTC, Sh. Arshad who was forced to consume full chapati whilst he was having fast on the eve of Ramzan. The concerned has been deeply pained and hurt on this account as religious sentiments are attached,” the manager wrote.
Arshad too has complained to the resident commissioner.
“All the guests along with media reporters and staffs of Maharashtra Sadan got into kitchen where I was getting the orders prepared. They caught me and put the chapati into my mouth. I was wearing a formal uniform set 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 inserted chapati in 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 are concerned,” the Express quoted from his letter.
Strong reaction was seen on social media platforms following the incident.
Renowned journalist Raza Rumi termed the incident as ‘Pathetic, Condemnable’.
Another person tweeted, “Shiv Sena is nothing but an embarrassment”.


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