Tripura governor Tathagata Roy has triggered another potential controversy, using a racist term for Pakistanis and accusing their army of “butchering” Hindus in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.
“Yes, 20 May 1971, at Chuknagar, Khulna, Bangladesh, Paki Army & Razakar butchers killed 8000-10,000 unarmed Hindus by bullets, bayonets & stampede,” he tweeted on the 35th anniversary of the Chuknagar massacre.
“A small contingent of Paki Army with some Razakars confronted them and started shooting. THE DEAD: AN UNBELIEVABLE EIGHT TO TEN THOUSAND!”
Chuknagar is a small town in Khulna distt of Bangladesh,then E Pakistan. In 1971 a huge number of Hindus assembled here to escape to India— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) 20 May 2016
Chukanagar massacre was one of the biggest mass killings during the 1971 war. Nearly 10,000 people were gunned down by the Pakistan army in Dumuria in what is now Bangladesh.
Razakar Bahini was a Bengali-manned auxiliary force of the Pakistan army. Several of its members are being tried for war crimes in Bangladesh. Some have been awarded the death penalty.
An avid Twitter user, Roy has come under fire from opposition parties for his aggressive and “political” messages. Opposition says the governor continues to behave like the BJP leader he once was.
Though he promised “no more political tweets” on taking over as the governor, Roy, who has 21,300 followers on the micro-blogging sites, has been busy.
He raised eyebrows when he suggested “pigskin burials” for militants killed during the attack on Pathankot airbase in January.
“I seriously suggest Russian treatment to terrorists’ carcasses. Wrap them in pigskin, bury them face down in pig excreta. No chance of Houris,” he had tweeted.
Last month, Roy came in for criticism after he tweeted about a visit to an RSS shakha, or a daily meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, the ideological parent of the BJP.
“Today is Varsha Pratipada Utsav of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Attended own shakha first time afr becoming Guv, delivered Boudhik. Felt good,” he tweeted.
When asked the visit, Roy, who also describes himself as swayamsewak in his Twitter bio, said he thought of the RSS as a social welfare organisation and was committed to it.