Indian Shiv Sena MP 'force feeds' Muslim Staff: Sparks Massive Outrage on Twitter
The Shiv Sena MP force feeding Muslim caterer. Youtube

A group of Indian parliamentarians have been caught on camera allegedly trying to force food into the mouth of a Muslim catering staff who was observing the Ramadan fast.

The footage shows around 11 MPs from the Shiv Sena party, a powerful regional outfit in the western state of Maharashtra, trying to force feed the catering supervisor at an event in capital New Delhi last week.

The MPs were reportedly angry that they were not served traditional Maharashtrian food, the Indian Express reported.

The hardline Shiv Sena party is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Narendra Modi government.

In footage aired across major TV channels in India, the politicians (Shiv Sainiks) are seen forcing Arshad Zubair S, the caterer on fast, to eat flat bread.

After the footage emerged, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, protested against the incident and immediately cancelled its catering service. The food at the Maharashtra government's official guest house in Delhi, where the incident took place, was provided by the IRCTC.

In its written complaint to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner, the IRCTC said that the employee had been "deeply pained and hurt... as religious sentiments are attached," Zee news reported.

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The Shiv Sena MP, however, has defended himself saying he didn't know the religion of the caterer.

The force feeding incident has triggered massive criticism of the Shiv Sena party on Twitter. Many condemned the act as shameful and sad.