Police arrested a 28-year-old man yesterday for blocking actor Ajay Devgn’s car outside Film City in Goregaon. The man demanded to know why the latter had not spoken out in support of farmers protesting against the Centre’s new agricultural produce marketing laws, Mumbai Police said.
Rajdeep Singh, a resident of Santosh Nagar locality in the northern suburb, is a driver hailing from Punjab, one of the states from which a large number of farmers have gathered near Delhi for the protests, said an official.
“The incident took place around 10:30 AM. Singh stopped Devgn’s car and demanded to know why the actor had not spoken in support of the protesting farmers. A complaint was lodged by Devgn’s bodyguard Pradeep Indrasen Gautam after which Singh was arrested,” the Dindoshi police station official said.
The video shows a person standing in front of Devgn’s car and saying in Punjabi: “You all are against Punjab. You should be ashamed of yourself. Do you have any shame?”
The Son of Sardaar actor, who was born to a Punjabi Hindu family originally from Amritsar, is seen sitting in the passenger seat of the car.
Police charged Singh under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), said Senior Inspector Dharmendra Kamble of Dindoshi police station. “He is against Punjab”, said the 28-year-old man who tried stopping Ajay Devgn’s car near FilmCity in Mumbai, on 2 March. He urged the actor to support the ongoing farmers’ protest.
The protesting farmers happen to be among the richest in the country who, nevertheless, demand a continuation of state support to their already untaxed, subsidised farm business.
For the uninitiated, after international personalities such as Rihanna, Mia Khalifa and Greta Thunberg tweeted in favour of the farmers’ protest in the country, Ajay Devgn was among Indian celebrities who raised an objection to foreigners interfering in India’s domestic affairs.
Ajay, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar and other Indian personalities had taken Twitter to urge people not to fall for false propaganda against India.
Devgn had then tweeted: “Don’t fall for any false propaganda against India or Indian policies. Its important to stand united at this hour w/o any infighting.”