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Lalu backtracks after FIR

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 21:09 IST

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An FIR was filed against Lalu Prasad for allegedly trying to create communal disturbances, as the RJD supremo went on a damage control mode following his provocative remarks that he would have crushed Varun Gandhi under a 'roller' saying he meant to suggest 'roller of law'.

Facing the heat a day after his aggressive posturing against Varun, the former Bihar chief minister went on the defensive mode telling an election meeting in Garwah in Jharkand, "What I meant was crushing him under the roller of law had I been the home minister."

Lalu later told newsmen," I said that it doesn't matter how powerful a person maybe if someone indulges in opportunistic and communal politics then he will be bulldozed legally and politically. He will not be spared as far as I am concerned."

Lalu's controversial remarks on Monday came on how he would have dealt with Varun Gandhi's anti-Muslim speeches.

"Had I been country's home minister, I would have crushed Varun Gandhi under the roller and destroyed him without caring for the consequences for his hate speech against Muslims," Lalu thundered at an election meeting at the minority dominated constituency in Bihar.

Kishanganj District Magistrate Ferak Ahmed said, "The FIR was lodged under Section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) of IPC and Section 125 of Representation of People's Act with Kishanganj Town police station."

"I have watched the CD of Lalu Prasad's speech. He has tried to create communal disturbance and divide the society by his speech," Ahmed said, adding, "The CD was being forwarded to the Election Commission."