Popular Bollywood celebrities like Javed Akhtar and Paresh Rawal have strongly condemned the lynching case that surfaced this Saturday, one of which involved a mob lynching of a police officer in Srinagar and in another incident a teenager was stabbed to death on rumours of carrying beef. The veteran actors raised a question on the people, ‘Where are we going’. They took to Twitter to express their views on the heinous lynching cases that made the headlines on Saturday. Here’s what they tweeted.
"Lynching of an officer in Kashmir and four innocent Muslims in Haryana. Brothers and sisters, we all need to think calmly where are we going," Akhtar tweeted on Saturday.
A mob had stripped and lynched 57-year-old Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandit, in a grand mosque of Srinagar, triggering widespread outrage; while a teenager was killed and three of his friends injured in an attack by a group of persons in a train in Haryana.
When a social media user questioned Akhtar: "Officer was just an officer... But that four people were Muslims... Where we are going Javed ji?", the celebrated writer responded: "That officer's name was Ayub but what matters is that he was a police officer who was lynched by a Muslim mob in Kashmir."
Officer was just a officer .. but that 4 ppl were muslims .. where we r going javed ji ?— vikas (@VIKAS_24) June 24, 2017
BJP MP Paresh Rawal wrote: "Muhammad Ayub is lynched just outside mosque on Friday and in the holy month of Ramadan. For Muhammad Ayub, where are award wapsi jerks and liberal louts and the whole termite clan?"
Mirwaiz only can hear firecrackers on the other side of the border but not the pierceing screams of Ayub pandit across the room !— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) June 23, 2017
Mohammad Ayub is lynched just
Outside mosque ,on Friday n in the holy month of Ramadan !
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) June 23, 2017
Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali, who often comments on social issues, reacted: "We are living in times where mobs are taking the law into their own hands lynching innocents be it Dadri, Rajasthan or Kashmir, etc. Sad times.
That officer's name was Ayub but what matters is that he was a police officer who was lynched by a Muslim mob in Kashmir— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) June 24, 2017
"We the liberals are all here Mr Rawal. The question is -- be it Dadri, Rajasthan Kashmir, etc, where are the law enforcers? Why don't you condemn them?"
Meanwhile, filmmaker Onir said: "It's a shame... What we are turning into.
Junaid (17) was stabbed to death while his three brothers - Hashim (20) and Sakir - were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them after the dispute over the seat onboard the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations on Thursday night.
On Thursday night, DSP Ayyub Pandit was beaten to death by a mob in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar. His body was recovered from outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta.
(With IANS Inputs)