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Indian gov’t to probe claims MPs forced man to break Ramadan fast

One MP tried to defend his actions saying he didn’t intend to hurt anyone's religious sentiments

Indian gov’t to probe claims MPs forced man to break Ramadan fast

The Indian government is to investigate the circumstances surrounding allegations that MPs forced a man in Maharashtra Sadan to break his Ramadan fast.

Media reports in India said opposition members in both houses of Indian’s parliament sought a debate on reports that a group of around 11 Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor, who was fasting for Ramadan, to eat a chapatti. The MPs, according to reports Indian media, were apparently angry over not being served Maharashtrian food.

One of the MPs, Rajan Vichare, tried to defend his actions saying he didn’t intend to hurt anyone's religious sentiments.

“The facilities aren't proper at Maharashtra Sadan. This incident is being given a communal colour, we must not do so. It is the same thing as going to a restaurant. If you are served bad food, won't you call the manager and ask him to taste it? We did the same,” he told First Post.

Shiv Sena chief Uddav Thackeray, in an attempt to placate the row, said, “There was no intention to hurt anybody’s religious sentiments.”

Responding to the members, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said that government will investigate the facts.

“These are unsubstantiated reports. We should not take it to the next level. Let us understand what exactly happened,” Javadekar said.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien then instructed the government to "ascertain the facts and come back to the house".