Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and slammed the way police handled the protests over newly passed Citizenship Amendment Act.
Actor Tapsee Pannu shared a video from Sunday's protest in Delhi and wrote," the video breaks heart n hopes altogether'.
Renuka Sahane speaking out on the Naredra Modi’s tweet over the ongoing protests said, “Sir, please ask people to stay away from all your IT cell Twitter handles then. They spread the most amount of rumours, falsehoods and are totally against brotherhood, peace and unity. The real."tukde tukde" gang is your IT cell sir. Please stop them from spreading hate”
Riteish Deshmukh also expressed solidarity with the student protest and said that every voice must be heard in a vibrant democracy."I Stand in solidarity with the students protesting peacefully. What makes our country great is that every voice is heard, be it of one person or thousands. I do not support any kind of violence. We are and have always been proud of our Police Force but this time they should have been more compassionate while assessing and tackling the situation. Our Students didn't deserve this," read Deskmukh's post.
Dia Mirza also took to Twitter and called on citizens to unite for the cause. The actor wrote, "What is happening in our country should make us all hang our heads in shame. Shame. Now is the time to come together and act as one nation, one people, one country. NOW."
Manoj Bajpayee, also spoke in favour of protesting students and expressed hope for a peaceful resolution of the concerns being raised by the student community.
Ayushmann Khurrana in a statement wrote, “Deeply disturbed about what the students went through and I strongly condemn this. All of us have the right to protest and exercise our fundamental freedom of expression. However, protests also cannot turn violent and lead to destruction of public property. That simply is counterproductive. Dear countrymen, this is the land of Gandhi. Ahimsa is and should be the tool to express. Have faith in democracy.”
Actor Rajkummar Rao wrote that he ‘strongly’ condemns the ‘violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students’. He added, “In a democracy the citizens have the right to peacefully protest. I also condemn any kind of act of destruction of the public properties. Violence is not the solution for anything!”
Huma Qureshi who has been constantly tweeting on the developments said, “This is unreal. We are a secular democracy. This violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students is terrible. Citizens have the right to peacefully protest.
Parineeti Chopra calling the act ‘Barbaric’ said, “If this is what’s gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC.”