IAS officer tweets gutkha-stained photo of Howrah Bridge, demands answers from SRK, Ajay Devgn, Big B

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The controversy surrounding the new tobacco ad featuring Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar is not fading away.

After Akshay Kumar’s public apology and Ajay Devgn’s defense of his “personal choice” to star in a tobacco brand’s elaichi product ad, an IAS officer from West Bengal strongly criticized actors like SRK, Ajay and Amitabh Bachchan.

IAS officer Awanish Sharan took to Twitter and shared a photo of one of the pillars of the iconic Howrah Bridge. He wrote in his tweet, “Kolkata Port Trust says saliva mixed with gutkha is corroding the iconic 70-year-old bridge. Howrah Bridge is attacked by gutkha chewers.”

The IAS officer also tagged actors Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan.

The sale of gutkha or paan masala (both tobacco products) is completely banned in West Bengal as per a notification from the West Bengal Department of Health.

The notification dated October 26, 2021, issued under the signature of Tapan K Rudra, Food Safety Commissioner, West Bengal, read: “In accordance with Regulation 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011 (ban and restrictions on sale) by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (i) of sub-section (2) of section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act , 2006 (Central Act 34 of 2006) read with Section 26 thereof, prohibits the sale of food products in which tobacco and/or nicotine are used as ingredients, as they may be harmful to health.”

Posted: Saturday April 23rd 2022, 09:24 IST

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