Remark against Nehru: CCTV footage, visitors’ book seized

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Cuttack: Acting tough on the alleged derogatory remark against former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru in the visitors’ book of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Birthplace Museum (NBM) in Cuttack, the Commissionerate police on Tuesday seized the CCTV footage of the museum.

A team of investigating officials has also seized the visitors’ book of the museum for investigation.

Meanwhile, based on the complaint filed by Cuttack City Congress, the police has summoned accused Pramod Dey to appear before it within seven days to present his side.

During a visit to the museum a few days back, Pramod, while appreciating Bose’s contribution in India’s independence, had reportedly used derogatory language against Nehru.

Interestingly, the matter came to light during the visit of Congress parliamentarian and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh to NBM. After completing his visit, when Ramesh wanted to share his experience in the visitors’ book at the museum, he noticed the remark written by Dey and informed the museum authorities.

Enraged over the matter, Cuttack City Congress president Mohammad Mukim had filed a police complaint yesterday with Dargha Bazar police.

“We have filed an FIR against the Dey couple. We demand that they should be booked and punished in the court of law for defaming a national figure,” Mukim said.

Meanwhile, Dey has apologized for his remarks.

“I am extremely sorry for the incident. I had no intention to say anything negative against the first Prime Minister of India. I was a little sentimental after visiting the museum. What I have written in the visitors’ book is completely based on emotion. I will not do it in future,” Dey told OTV over phone.

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