Film actress Kangana Ranaut made a post in Hindi on Instagram with an image of hers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, telling her followers that she had filed an FIR against people who threatened her over her recent comments on “Khalistani terrorists”. She said that if anything untoward were to happen to her, “those who do politics of hatred and rhetoric will be solely responsible for it”.
“A man from Bathinda threatened to kill me openly,” she wrote. Kangana said that she was not scared of anyone. She said she would continue to raise her voice against all wrongdoings. “I am not afraid of such threats. I have always spoken against those who go against the country and support terrorist activities and will continue to speak against them,” she wrote in the caption.
Kangana registered an FIR against those issuing threats to her and requested interim INC president Sonia Gandhi to direct the Punjab government to take action in this regard.
The image showed Kangana wearing an azure salwar suit with a dupatta covering her head — a mark of reverence shown at gurudwaras — as she prayed with her sister Rangoli Chandel and their mother Asha Ranaut at the Golden Temple. Elaborating on her comments, Kangana wrote in Hindi, “Remembering the martyrs of the terror attack in Mumbai, I wrote that one should never forgive or forget the traitors…
“In this type of incident, the internal traitors of the country have a hand. The traitors never left a single opportunity to tarnish Mother India for money and sometimes for position and power. Traitors inside the country kept on helping the anti-national forces by conspiring, leading to such incidents,” the actress wrote.
Kangana said that she had been threatened due to her comments. “I am getting constant threats from disruptive forces on this very post of mine. A brother from Bathinda has openly threatened to kill me. I am not afraid of these types of threats. I speak against those who conspire against the country and terrorist forces and will always speak. Be it Naxals killing innocent jawans, the tukde-tukde gang (a reference to the separatist, communist students of JNU) or terrorists sitting abroad who were dreaming of making Khalistan by cutting the holy land of gurus in Punjab in the eighties,” she said.
Defending her comments, Kangana said, “Democracy is the biggest strength of our country. Any party may form the government but the fundamental right to protect the integrity, unity and fundamental rights of citizens and expression of ideas has been given to us by the Constitution of Babasaheb Ambedkar. I have never said anything derogatory or hateful about any caste, religion, or group.”
Kangana has requested Gandhi to ask the INC government in Punjab to look into the threats issued against her. She wrote, “You are a woman too; your mother-in-law Indira Gandhi ji fought strongly against this terrorism till the last moment. Kindly instruct your chief minister of Punjab to take immediate action about the threats from such terrorist, disruptive and anti-national forces.”
“I am neither afraid nor will I ever be afraid. In the interest of the country, I will keep speaking openly against the traitors,” she added.
Kangana hinted that the threats were in the light of the upcoming Punjab election and said, “It is a humble request to them not to spread hatred for anyone driven by their political ambition to win elections.”
On 23 November, police in Mumbai had registered an FIR against the Bollywood actress for allegedly using derogatory language against the Sikh community in a social media post. A day before the FIR lodged at the suburban Khar police station, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had submitted a complaint against the actress.
Kangana was booked under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigation is underway.