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When Tapas Paul made headlines for his outrageous comments on rape

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Bengali film actor and former TMC MP Tapas Paul passed away in Mumbai on February 17 at night. He was 61 at the time of death. He suffered a heart attack. He was suffering from heart ailments and was hospitalised several times for treatment. Apart from working in the Bengali film industry, he also worked as the lead actor in Madhuri Dixit’s debut Hindi film ‘Abodh’. He won the Filmfare Award for his role in ‘Saheb’.

Only a few of you might know this that Tapas’ political life was full of controversies. Back in 2014, the Trinamool Congress MP was caught on camera threatening CPI(M) workers to kill them and have their women raped if any of his party workers are attacked.

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He said, “If any opponent (of the Trinamool) touches any Trinamool girl, any father, any child, I will destroy his entire family.”

Later, he said in a written apology to his party, “Some remarks made by me in the heat and dust of the election campaign have caused dismay and consternation. I apologise unreservedly for them.” Also, his wife Nandita Paul apologised for her husband’s rape remark.

This is not the end of his controversy. In 2015, he was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Saradha chit fund case. In 2016, he was arrested for his connection in the Rose Valley chit fund scam. He served in jail for thirteen months.

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