Paresh Rawal summoned by Calcutta police over ‘cook fish for Bengalis’ remark
Actor Paresh Rawal has been summoned by the Kolkata Police for his “cook fish for Bengalis” statement. He has been asked to present himself at the Taltala Police Station on December 12, by 2 pm over the matter, according to media reports.
This new development comes after CPI (M) leader Mohammad Salim lodged a police complaint against his remark.
The controversy erupted after last week, speaking at a rally in Gujarat’s Valsad, Rawal had said, “Gas cylinders are expensive, but their price will come down. People will get employment too. But what will happen if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi? What will you do with gas cylinders? Cook fish for the Bengalis?”
After his comments went viral, the veteran actor tendered an apology.
“Of course, the fish is not the issue as Gujaratis cook and eat fish. But, to be clear, I meant illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingya. However, if I have offended your thoughts and views, I sincerely apologise,” Rawal had tweeted.
Meanwhile, Trinamul Congress MP Mahua Moitra took a dig at Rawal with a tweet, saying, “Actually Kemchcho Slapstickman need not have appologised. The 2nd part of ‘Cook Fish like Bengalis is Have Brains like Bengalis’. Most Nobel laureates than any other Indian state, buddy boy….”