New Delhi, July 31: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy on Friday stoked controversy after he dubbed all those who attended the funeral of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, Yakub Memon, as "potential terrorists".
Memon, 53, was on Thursday hanged to death in Nagpur Cetral Jail and his body was later handed over to his family to bury him in Bada Qabristan.
Writing on Twitter, Roy said that all those who were present at Yakub's funeral, except relatives and friends, could be "potential terrorists" and that intelligence agencies should keep a tab on them.
Here are the tweets:
Intelligence shd keep a tab on all (expt relatives & close friends) who assembled bfr Yakub Memon's corpse. Many are potential terrorists— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) July 31, 2015
Governors ought to be concerned abt security of state. Intelligence keeping tab on Yakub's mourners is preventing terror. Better than cure— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) July 31, 2015
When I suggested 'intelligence keeping a tab',I mentiond NO COMMUNITY. So how come I'm accused of being 'communal bigot'? Guilty conscience?— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) July 31, 2015
Oh,what an explosion! I am gratified! But consider seriously: 1.Did I talk abt any community? 2. Did I ask for action or just keeping tabs?— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) July 31, 2015
It is my Constitutional duty to bring matters of public interest to public notice. My position as Governor is not thereby compromised— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) July 31, 2015
Thousands of people were gathered in Mumbai's Mahim area to attend Yakub Memon's funeral.