Facebook removes Srijato’s controversial poem

Kolkata, Mar 25 (PTI) Facebook has removed a controversial poem of poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay after a Siliguri student lodged a criminal case against him for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus.

“I have seen today that the Facebook authorities have removed the poem,” Bandyopadhyay said here today.

Bandyopadhyay’s poem ‘Curse’ had triggered controversy with a Siliguri college student lodging a complaint with the police there against Srijato for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.

The student, a member of the group Hindu Samhati, had in his complaint said Srijato’s poem, particularly its last two lines, hurt the Hindus’ religious sentiments.

The police had registered the case on March 22 and the charge, if proved carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and/or fine.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on same evening told a TV news channel that “There will be no problem (for the poet) and I will take full care.