Published On : Mon, May 22nd, 2017

Paresh Rawal says ‘tie Arundhati Roy to army jeep’, fuels Twitter

New Delhi: Hindi film veteran and BJP lawmaker Paresh Rawal has provoked a storm after commenting on social media that writer Arundhati Roy should be tied to an army jeep, in a reference to the incident last month of the army in Kashmir strapping a protester to its vehicle as a “human shield” against stone-throwers.

“Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie up Arundhati Roy!” tweeted Mr Rawal on Sunday night.

In response to a comment, he also said, “We have a wide variety of choices.”

The comments have been retweeted over 3000 times within 14 hours. The tweet has received over 6000 likes so far.

Mr Rawal is a Lok Sabha parliamentarian from Gujarat. He debuted as an MP in 2014.

The human shield footage was among a series of videos that surfaced in Kashmir last month, showing clashes between protesters and security personnel in Kashmir. The army said its soldiers strapped the young man to the front of their jeep as protection from stone-throwers.

Among those who reacted to the actor’s posts was senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.