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Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal has kicked up a storm on Twitter after his ‘jingoistic’ and aggressive comments last night, suggesting that, instead of a stone pelter, eminent author and political activist Arundhati Roy should be tied to an army jeep.


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“Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!”, the Lok Sabha member from Gujarat tweeted.

The tweet comes in the wake of a video going viral last month which showed a young man tied to the front of an Indian Army vehicle, being paraded in a village in the occupied Kashmir, as an apparent warning to stone pelters. Jammu and Kashmir opposition leader Omar Abdullah tweeted the video in April, requesting for an “urgent inquiry and follow up”.

Rawal also endorsed a tweet by another user that suggested journalist Sagarika Ghose be treated similarly.

“Wonderful sir, too good. You really are a model parliamentarian,” tweeted Sagarika Ghose in a seemingly sarcastic vein, quoting Rawal’s tweet.

Ghose is among Indian personalities routinely targeted by trolls supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party for her political views, reported one of India’s leading daily.

Many users on Twitter condemned his words, seeing it as an attempt to incite violence by an elected public representative.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Paresh Rawal became a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Ahmedabad East constituency during the 2014 Indian general election. The BJP in coalition with PDP (Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party) is currently in power in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.