Kolkata police have booked actor-politician Paresh Rawal over his controversial "cook fish for Bengalis" remark following a complaint by CPI(M) leader and West Bengal state secretary Mohammed Salim, who accused Rawal of making a speech "to incite riots" and " to destroy the harmony between the Bengali community and other communities across the country”.
Speaking at a rally in Gujarat's Valsad last week, Rawal said, “Gas cylinders are expensive but their price will come down. People will also get jobs. But what happens when Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you like in Delhi? What will you do with the gas cylinders? Cook fish for Bengalis?" Rawal said. After his speech went viral and was criticized, Rawal apologized.
After Salim lodged a complaint against Rawal at the Taltal police station on December 1, a case was registered under sections 153 (intentional provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (whoever willfully or willfully causes or provokes any riot), 153B (imputation, allegation prejudicial to national integration), 504 (willful interest with intent to cause a breach of the peace) and 505 (with intent to cause or likely to cause) Indian Penal Code.