Kolkata Cleric Threatens to Slit Tarek Fatah’s Throat on a TV Show
Two days after issuing a 'fatwa' against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Kolkata cleric on Monday threatened to slit the throat of Pakistan-born author and political commentator Tarek Fatah, with whom he appeared on a television programme.
Both Barkati and Fatah were part of a discussion programme on a private news channel where the cleric viciously attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of spreading communalism and ruining the life of common people through the demonetisation move.
After the show, Fatah demanded the Muslim cleric's arrest by the Kolkata Police for threatening him.
"Kolkata Mullah threatens me on live TV. Will Kolkata Police arrest him?" he said in Twitter.
Barkati on Saturday issued a 'fatwa' against the Prime Minister, accusing him of 'bluffing' people through demonetisation, evoking a sharp reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which demanded his arrest. He also announced a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh to whoever executes the 'fatwa'.
The West Bengal unit of the BJP lodged a police complaint against the cleric on Sunday, demanding his immediate arrest.
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