Minorities panel seeks clarification on poem by cop

The Maharashtra State Miniorities Commission has sought clarification from the state home department on the poem that appeared in the police magazine Samvaad, which many allege was communal in nature.

"The police officers, who are the editor and executive editor of the magazine, should within eight days give an explanation on what basis they felt that the poem was appropriate," State Minorities Commission chairman Munaf Hakeem said in a letter to the principal secretary, home department.

The poem by inspector Sujata Patil appeared in Samvaad in the October 2012 issue. It terms Azad Maidan protesters as 'snakes' and 'traitors' whose arms should have been 'chopped off'.

"Hausla buland tha, izzat lut rahi thi...himmat ki gaddaron ne Amar Jyoti ko haath lagane ki, kaat dete haath unke toh faryad kisi ki bhi na hoti...Saanp ko doodh pila kar, baat kare hain hum bhai-chare ki (their morale was high, [women] were being dishonoured. The traitors had the audacity to touch Amar Jawan Jyoti. Had we cut off their arms, nobody would have complained. We feed the snakes milk, but talk of harmony)," read the poem.

Hakeem said the poem showcased the communal mindset of a section of police. "The poem seems to have been written with the intent of breeding communalism and propogating bloodshed in the police force," Hakeem said. He demaded that the author and those who allowed it to be published should be suspended.

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