In an apparent reference to the recent mob violence in Uttar Pradesh, actor Naseeruddin Shah said death of a cow is being given more importance than killing of a policeman and was soon trolled for his remark.
The actor said the ‘poison has already spread’ and it will be now difficult to contain it.
"It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands. In many areas we are witnessing that the death of a cow is more significance than that of a police officer," he said.
A user commented on the YouTube video shared by Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, saying ‘I think Gulfam Hasan's character played by him in 'Sarfarosh' is actually his real character. Anti-Indian elements are using social media very shrewdly’.
The comment was in reference to his character in the 1998 action-drama Sarfarosh in which he played a Pakistani singer who aids cross-border terrorism in the garb of spreading music.
‘This is the same guy who signed mercy petition of Yakub Memon. Problem is within you Mr Gulfam Hassan #Nasiruddinshah,’ another user wrote on Twitter.
‘Criminals and corrupt have to fear in India. Go to Pakistan #NaseeruddinShah,’ another user commented.
Shah also expressed anxiety over the well-being of his children Imaad and Vivaan with actor Ratna Pathak Shah, saying they have not brought up their sons as followers of any particular religion.
"I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, 'Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?' they will have no answer. It worries me that I don't see the situation improving anytime soon.
"These matters don't scare me, they make me angry. And I feel every right-thinking man should feel angry, not scared. This is our home, who dare evict us from here?" he said in the interview.
A user said if that is the case, ‘why doesn't he get out of here?’
The actor was also trolled recently for his comment on cricketer Virat Kohli where he called the Indian skipper ‘world's worst behaved player’.
Interestingly, the actor posted an update on Facebook, hours after his criticism of Kohli, writing, ‘Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. - Chelsea Manning, activist.’
Shah, in his Facebook criticism against Kohli, had also written that he has ‘no intention of leaving the country’.
'You can only see death of 2 men, not of 21 cows'
A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA on Thursday criticised former bureaucrats who have sought Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation over the Bulandshahr mob violence, saying they were concerned only with the death there of two men and not of '21 cows'.
MLA Sanjay Sharma, who represents Anupshahr assembly constituency in Bulandshahr, also said only the people have the power to remove a chief minister elected with huge mandate.
Over 80 former bureaucrats had written an open letter on Wednesday alleging failure of the state and central governments in the handling of the December 3 mob violence in Bulandshahr's Siyana Tehsil after cow carcasses were found near a village.
They had accused Adityanath of bigotry and sought his resignation over the violence in which an on-duty police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh, and a civilian, Sumit Kumar, were died after suffering bullet injuries.
"Now you all are worrying about the Bulandshahr incident. Your imaginative brains can see only the two deaths, that of Sumit and the duty-bound police inspector. You cannot see that 21 cows also died," MLA Sharma wrote in his open letter on Thursday.
"In a state where farmers are tolerating loss of their crops for the last two years for the sake of cows and thank the chief minister for stopping cow slaughter how would that Hindu then tolerate cow slaughter?
"Had there been no cow slaughter, such an incident would not have taken place. Hence, the action against those slaughtering cows is correct," he wrote.
His letter comes at a time when the police in Bulandshahr have arrested three men over the alleged cow slaughter that took place in Siyana on December 3.
Police registered an FIR for cow slaughter on a complaint by local Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, who had accused seven people.
During initial probe, police had arrested four people but later released them. Three men who were not named in the FIR were arrested Tuesday as 'the actual culprits' in the case.
For mob violence, another FIR was registered on the same day naming 27 people and 50 to 60 unidentified people.
So far, 19 people have been arrested in the mob violence case, even as Yogesh Raj of the Bajrang Dal, who is a key suspect in the violence, remained at large.
MLA Sharma said the former civil servants have accused the chief minister of bias against a particular community, when he himself allowed them permission to hold a huge three-day congregation.
"This happened in the same state where previous governments would not allow Ramleelas to be held in villages. Had there been a bias, why would the government allow the congregation?" he wrote.
On wrong people getting arrested for cow slaughter and they all being from the same community, the MLA said it was the government which 'self-corrected' itself at that point but 'unfortunately the others arrested later for the act also belong to the same community and your assertion of bias in that light reflects your mental weakness'.
"On your demand for the chief minister's resignation in your letter, in which you have umpteen times referred to the Constitution, let me remind you that only the people, who have elected the chief minister with a huge mandate, can remove him and not some scurrilous people like you who challenge the constitutional system," Sharma wrote.
The lawmaker also the former bureaucrats' letter appeared 'politically motivated'.