Ticket to Pakistan: UP outfits wants Naseeruddin Shah to leave India

NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh Navnirma Sena on Friday said that it book tickets for veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah while commenting for his latest remark on the Bulandshahr violence.

Calling the legendary actor a traitor, president of UPNS Amit Jani said he has booked an air-ticket costing Rs 14,691 for Shah for August 14, which is the Independence day of Pakistan.

“I have made the statement as a worried Indian and I have previously also done so. I don’t know for what reason I am being branded as a traitor,” said Shah had said yesterday while replying to questions by media.

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The 68-year-old actor faced flak for his latest remark on the Bulandshahr violence earlier this month that claimed two lives including that of a policeman.

The ongoing furore started after a video emerged on social media on which Shah can be heard saying: “At many places, the death of a cow is being given more importance than the killing of a policeman. 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.”

The video was put online by the Karwan-e-Mohabbat India on Monday.

On being asked about criticism of his statement and termed a promotional stunt he said: “Of course, they would say so. I will tolerate the criticism but if they have a right of criticise, I also have it. I have done no wrong in expressing my concerns about the country which I love and where I live. ”

Shah was lately in the eye of the storm after he claimed that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the world’s “worst behaved player.”

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With agency inputs