New Delhi: In the wake of rising jibes on intolerance, the Punjab unit of Shiv Sena announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh per slap for anyone slapping actor Aamir Khan over his recent remarks on “intolerance” in India.
According to a report on The Indian Express, the announcement was made during Sena’s protest outside Hotel MBD Radisson Blu in Ludhiana where Aamir was staying. He was in Ludhiana for the shooting of his upcoming movie, Dangal.
Rajeev Tandon, Punjab chairman of the Shiv Sena announced that anyone can get this reward if he dares to misbehave with Khan.
“We give an opportunity to the manager and employees of the hotel and also the team of his film to slap Aamir and get Rs 1 lakh from us. The courageous and patriotic persons who will slap Aamir Khan in Ludhiana will get Rs 1 lakh reward per slap from us,” Tandon was quoted as saying.
During the protest, Shiv Sena workers allegedly used derogatory language against the actor and burnt his photographs.
Shiv Sena distanced itself from the controversy saying the statement was not official. Shiv Sena Youth brigade president Aditya Thackeray said, “Shiv Sena has clearly stated today that it has absolutely nothing to do with statement of offer of the slapping and so on.”
Earlier, Aamir Khan had spoken against growing intolerance, saying he was “alarmed” by a number of incidences and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.
He also virtually supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards.