Police will investigate statements of Jaya, Raj: R R Patil

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Mumbai, Sep 9 (UNI) Even as actor and Samajwadi party MP Jaya Bachchan tendered an apology for her recent remarks about speaking Hindi, that had led to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray calling for a boycott of the Bachchan clan films, deputy chief minister R R Patil said police will investigate both their statements.

Talking to reporters, Mr Patil said ''If necessary, action will be taken.'' Mr Patil said ''Marathi should be respected and all should know the language, however, no one should take law in their hands.'' He said the Bachchans are already being protected, and they had not demanded more protection.

The home minister said Mrs Bachchan had already apologised and ''so now curtains should fall on the issue.'' ''Hindi is the official language of the nation, but care should be taken against hurting the emotions of people who speak other languages,'' he added.

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