New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dubbed MNS chief Raj Thackeray`s threat to brand people from Bihar as infiltrators a reflection of mental bankruptcy, and said such statements can cost a lost in the big fight against terrorism.
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said a terrorist cannot be discriminated on the basis of his caste and religion.
"The country works under a federal structure and if a person suspicious belongs to a particular state then definitely that state must be taken into full confidence. This is a part of the legal procedure. But statements that if any action is taken then the people of that particular state will be targeted shows mental bankruptcy. Such statements can cause a loss in the big fight against terrorism," said Naqvi.
"There is nothing wrong in working in the political field, but one must not indulge in spreading hatred and chaos in the society," he added.
Reacting to a media report that Bihar chief secretary has written to Mumbai police commissioner voicing displeasure over the arrest of a youth for vandalising the martyr`s memorial during Azad Maidan protest on August 11, Thackeray said the former had threatened legal action against Mumbai police.
"The letter says Mumbai police has to get in touch with the Bihar government before picking up any person from their state. If Mumbai crime branch picks up people from their state without the knowledge of the Bihar police they would face legal action," said Thackeray.
"If the Bihar Government tries to become a hurdle in the way of a police investigation, then my party would dub every Bihari in Maharashtra as an infiltrator and would force them to leave the state. The person who desecrated the Amar Jawan memorial was arrested from Bihar. I would like to tell the Bihar chief secretary that because of your state, the crime rate (in Maharashtra) has gone up," he added.
Mumbai Crime Branch had earlier on Monday arrested Abdul Qadir Mohammed Younus Ansari from Sitamarhi in Bihar for vandalising the Amar Jawan Memorial near Azad Maidan during August 11 rioting at a protest called against alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar.