BJP’s Nupur Sharma In Dock For Passing Off 2002 Godhra Pics For Bengal Riots
Delhi BJP’s spokesperson Nupur Sharma is in trouble for sharing misleading pictures of the 2002 Gujarat riots to represent the recent Basirhat riots of West Bengal. She has been booked in two separate complaints at Regent Park police station in south Kolkata and Gariahat police station under several non-bailable sections.
While the first complaint has been filed by a Trinamool Congress supporter, the second is an FIR, reported India Today.
Defending her post, she put up another tweet, saying, “Since trolls spent a sleepless night covering-up Basirhat violence, sharing media pics of the riots. Hope they report this to @WBPolice too,” attaching image of charred vehicles along with it.
— Nupur Sharma (@NupurSharmaBJP) July 9, 2017
Twitter users bombarded Sharma, accusing her of spreading rumours and pointing out that the pictures used by her are actually from the Gujarat riots of 2002. The riots took place during Narendra Modi’s rule in the state and left around 4,000 people dead.
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) July 9, 2017
She also said, “I received a flyer from organisers of Save Bengal protests and I put it out. This has woken up the people in Lutyen’s Delhi who have maintained a stoic silence on Bengal till now,” reported NDTV.
Many Twitter users were agitated by Sharma’s use of old pictures and demanded that the West Bengal police arrest Sharma immediately “for her fake and provocative posts”.
BJP's Nupur Sharma is usin this picture from the 2002 carnage engineered by their party in Gujarat, as a picture from Bengal.What a new low! pic.twitter.com/vC6b0AVUIb
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@vinaydokania) July 9, 2017
On July 7, Sharma had posted a flyer, calling out to people to join in a protest against “lawlessness” in Bengal. She had written, “Speak-up because it is already too late! Join in at 5 PM today at Jantar Mantar #SaveBengal #SaveHindus,” along with the picture of the flyer which had a photo of the Godhra riots.
She further defended her act, saying, “There are questions being asked on the unrelated picture, but why is there no reaction on the riots in Bengal or on minority appeasement that is happening there.”