Bollywood celebrities such as Farhan Akhtar and Anupam Kher have come out in support of the CRPF jawans, who were heckled by the local youths in Jammu and Kashmir.
The video shows some youths beating CRPF jawans during bypoll to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9.
Actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted that quick action must be taken against the perpetrators and lauded the jawans for their control. “The footage of our soldiers being slapped and heckled is sickening… their restraint admirable. Action must be taken immediately,” Farhan wrote.
The footage of our soldiers being slapped and heckled is sickening.. their restraint admirable. Action must be taken immediately.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 14, 2017
While an angry Randeep Hooda wrote, “Had this soldier used his gun it would’ve become human rights violation? Then what’s this? Should’ve given the ‘azaadi’ right there! Very angry!!”
Had this soldier used his gun it would’ve become human rights violation?Then what’s this?Should’ve given the”azaadi”right there!Very angry!! pic.twitter.com/j22Ol9Jigx— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) April 13, 2017
South Indian star Kamal Haasan condemned the act and tweeted, “Integrate into India. Shame on those who dare touch my soldiers. Height of valour is non-violence. CRPF has set a fine example.”
Integrrate into India . Shame onthose who dare touch my soldiers. Height of valour is nonviolence. CRPF has set a fine example— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 14, 2017
Actor Anupam Kher posted a video which he captioned, “As a peace loving person I may applaud our soldiers for their restraint. But I still want to say, ‘Don’t take panga with our soldiers’.”
As a peace loving person I may applaud our soldiers for their restraint. But I still want to say, “Don’t take panga with our soldiers.”🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/VN0nH0AqDx— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) April 14, 2017
In his clip, Anupam called for people to raise their voice and treat the incident as a serious human rights issue that must be discussed.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit retweeted the veteran actor’s post and wrote, “I applaud your stand sir and hope others in the film industry will follow you on this biggest #HumanRightsViolations of our soldiers.”
Jammu and Kashmir Police registered an FIR on Thursday on a complaint filed by the CRPF over the video clip
CRPF inspector general Ravideep Singh Sahi said the video was authentic and the force would legally deal with the matter “in a strong way”.
The police have reportedly identified the youths who attacked the CRPF personnel and action against them is expected soon.