A Muslim catering supervisor fasting for Ramadhan was allegedly forced to eat a chapatti by at least 11 members of parliament of right wing Shiv Sena party at the new Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week, Indian Express has reported.
Sh. Arshad said in his complaint to the Maharashtra resident commissioner that the MPs “caught me and put the chappati into my mouth”.
In his letter, he said: “All the guests along with media reporters and staffs of Maharashtra Sadan got into kitchen where I was getting the orders prepared.
“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 chappati 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.”
To protest the ‘shocking’ incident, IRCTC, the Indian Railways subsidiary that was catering for the Sadan, stopped all operations and complained to the Maharashtra resident commissioner Bipin Mallick.
Describing the incident, the manager of the Sadan wrote in his report that “the mob”, including the MPs’ supporters and members of the media, damaged the resident commissioner’s office.