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Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s home in Uttarakhand’s Nainital city was set on fire on Monday, days after his new book triggered a controversy. The police have booked 21 persons in connection with the incident.

Last week, two lawyers in Delhi had filed complaints against Khurshid, accusing him of comparing Hindutva with terrorist groups ISIS and Boko Haram in a passage in the book.

Khurshid shared multiple images and videos of the flames and the subsequent damage caused due to the fire on Monday. Caretakers live in the house and there were no reports of injuries.

“I hoped to open these doors to my friends who have left this calling card,” Khurshid wrote in a post on Facebook. “Am I still wrong to say this cannot be Hinduism?”

In a separate post, the politician said that the incident pointed to the state of debate in the country. “Shame is too ineffective a word,” he wrote. “Besides I still hope that we can reason together one day and agree to disagree if not more.”

The former Union minister told PTI that an image of people who attacked his house showed that they were carrying the Bharatiya Janata Party flag, and therefore the party should release a statement of denial if it they were not associated with it.

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