Police have sought the video of author Ashis Nandy’s controversial comments that people from OBC, SC and ST communities were the “most corrupt” made at the Jaipur Literature Festival even as he left the city on Sunday skipping the rest of the event amid protests demanding his arrest.
“Investigation into the matter is going on. We have sought the video footage of yesterday’s session in which he made the remarks and also his clarification to be put on record,” Additional Commissioner of Police Girraj Meena told PTI.
“We have been informed by the organisers that Nandy left the city today but proper action will be taken once the initial probe is over,” Meena said.
Nandy was to address a session on ‘Hindi English Bhai Bhai’ at the festival on Sunday morning but failed to turn up even as the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch which had filed a police complaint against him held protests. The five-day festival is to end today.
According to police sources, the officer, who has been assigned the case, is on leave, an issue raised by the protesters.
When asked if the investigating officer is on leave, Meena said, “The probe is on and I will seek a clarification from the officer if required.”
Investigating Officer Sumit Gupta, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ashok Nagar), did not respond to repeated calls.
Janesh Singh, SHO Ashok Nagar police station, where the FIR was filed against Nandy and the organiser Sanjoy Roy last evening over the remarks, said that the statements of the complainant and the organiser would be recorded.
Rajpal Meena of the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch, who lodged the complaint, along with his supporters today protested against Nandy and the organiser at Ambedkar circle.
“We are demanding immediate arrest of Nandy for derogatory remarks against STs and the organisers of the festival for allowing him to make the controversial remarks,” the complainant said.
“It is surprising that the IO is on leave. It gives impression that the police want to protect him but we are not going to sit quiet,” he said. Local activists also protested near the entrance of the venue at the main road and shouted slogans against him.