Bollywood actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal has deleted his controversial tweet suggesting that instead of a Kashmiri stone-pelter, author Arundhati Roy should be tied to an Army jeep.
“Instead of tying (a) stone-pelter on the Army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy,” Paresh Rawal wrote on the micro-blogging site.
The tweet is not visible on his timeline anymore.
It came days after an Army Major in Kashmir trussed up a civilian, Farooq Dar, on his jeep bonnet using him as a human shield against a stone-pelting mob. The incident sparked a huge uproar, particularly after the officer was commended by Army chief General Bipin Rawat for his counter-insurgency service in Jammu and Kashmir.
Arundhati Roy, a strong critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is an award-winning writer whose views on Kashmiri separatism has been a cause for controversy.
If you are wondering what did Arundhati Roy say that evoked such a response from Paresh Rawal, let us tell you that in a statement she had said that even if India increases its military strength from 7 to 70 lakh in Kashmir, it won’t be able to achieve its objective. This got strong reactions too but nothing like Rawals. He had even commented, “70 lakh Indian army can’t defeat azadi gang of Kashmir – Arundhati Roy. Her birth certi in fact is a regret letter from maternity ward.”