Centre Seeks Report from Maharashtra

Published: 24th July 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2014 01:14 AM   |  A+A-

MUMBAI: The Centre on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra Government to submit a detailed report on what transpired inside the state guest house in Delhi, Maharashtra Sadan.

A Muslim employee of the IRCTC has alleged that Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare, angry over the quality of food served, force-fed him a roti while he was fasting during Ramadan.

The Centre has asked Maharashtra Chief Secretary J S Saharia to explain the sequence of incidences that have taken place in the guest house for the past one week. He had visited  Maharashtra Sadan a day after the alleged incidence took place on Saturday. According to a senior state minister, the government is likely to blame the Shiv Sena for “creating a scene”, but not to highlight any communal angle.  “The guest house management had told the Sena MPs that they would arrange food from the nearby Hyderabad House or Navy canteen, if they were not happy with the food served by the IRCTC. They also showed flexibility to re-tender the food contract. However, the MPs took an aggressive stand and abused the IRCTC workers,” he said. The state government fears that highlighting a communal angle to the incident might disrupt the law and order situation in the state. “We believe that Vichare was not aware of the IRCTC employee’s religion,” the minister said.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has also sought information from state’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi Bipin Malik on the MPs’ behaviour.

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