Aamir Khan’s effigies burnt in Punjab and Noida

Activists of Shiv Sena Hindustan on Wednesday burnt the effigy of Bollywood star Aamir Khan at a sugarmill crossing in Phagwara to protest his remarks on intolerance. Dubbing Khan’s statement as tantamount to “slurring” the image and credibility of the country, the protesters led by district president Manish Sood advised Aamir Khan to leave India and settle in Syria.

“We will provide you all help in securing Syria’s visa,” Sood said.

Khan was at the centre of a raging debate after he expressed “alarm and despondency” over the rise in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months in an interaction at a ceremony here.

“Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India… She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be,” the actor had said on Monday.

The protesters said India is a rather over-tolerant country as it was here that a film like PK, which had “hit” the beliefs of majority community, could be made and screened successfully. Protesters said that it was India that made him a star and a celebrity.

Hindu Sena activists in Noida too carried the effigy of Aamir during their protest against him following his remarks over growing intolerance in the country in on Wednesday.