Right Wing Hindu extremists in India make life miserable for actor Naseeruddin Shah
NEW DELHI - India's veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah continues to face hostile reaction form right wing Hindu groups, protesting and calling him traitor over his comments on the Bulandshahr mob killing of a police officer earlier this month.
One of the groups asked him to leave for Pakistan.
According to Indian media an event at the literature festival in Ajmer where Naseeruddin Shah was to deliver a keynote address this evening has been cancelled amid protests by right wing groups.
A member of the literature society told Indian TV channel NDTV the decision to call off the event taken keeping in mind the security and safety of Naseeruddin Shah and the venue.
Meanhiel, Uttar Pradesh Navnirma Sena has said it will book a one-way tickets for Naseeruddin Shah to send him to Pakistan.
In an interview on Monday, Shah had said there are places in the country where the death of a cow is given more importance than that of a policeman.
He said there is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands.
Shah later said he fears for his children.
Following the backlash over his comments, the 68-yearl old said today: "I have said this earlier as well. What did I say this time that I am being called a traitor? It is very strange."
Naseeruddin Shah's comments came amid mounting criticism over the Uttar Pradesh administration's response to the killing of a police inspector in mob frenzy over cow slaughter allegations on December 3 in Bulandshahr.