NEW DELHI – A Nagpur doctor who had recently posted Islamophobic messages on twitter apologised for hurting the sentiments of the Muslim community.
Attributing his hateful tweets to fake news that linked the spread of Coronavirus to Muslims, Dr Satish Sonar, an orthopaedic surgeon, said the all-pervasive climate of hate against the community fanned sectarian sentiments.
“I apologise to all Muslim brothers and sisters for my wrong messages,” Dr Sonar said in a video message doing rounds on social media and whatsApp. He gave good wishes to Muslims for upcoming Eid.
The surgeon was arrested on Sunday night, a day after a FIR was lodged against him for posting hateful tweets. He was booked under sections 295(A), 505(2), 294 and 188 of IPC on the FIR lodged by social-political activist and businessman Shehbaz Abrar Siddiqui.
Dr Sonar is practicing medicine for over a decade in the Maharashtrian city. He claimed that a significant chunk of patients he sees come from Muslim community. “I treat them with love… I charge them minimal fees.”
He said his attitude towards Muslims has always been positive. “I will always treat them with due care.”
While appealing for communal harmony in the society, Dr Sonar suggested people to live with amity. “Our country is made of all religions and no one should try to divide it on communal lines.”
He said we have to save our energies to fight Coronavirus or any such crises together rather than fight one another.