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Actor Paresh Rawal receives flak for offensive tweet about Arundhati Roy

MP and actor Paresh Rawal is the latest celebrity to kick up a Twitter storm.

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Updated: May 22, 2017, 11.38 AM IST
Human shield: Paresh Rawal wants Arundhati Roy be tied to Army jeep instead of stone pelter
MP and actor Paresh Rawal is the latest celebrity to kick up a Twitter storm. On Sunday night, while the country was watching M S Dhoni’s on-field histrionics in the Indian Premier League final, Rawal had his own theatrical moment on Twitter.

The actor, tweeted that author Arundhati Roy should be tied to an Indian Army jeep instead of a stone-pelter.

It was not known what was the immediate provocation for the tweet which was retweeted and liked over a thousand times.

Last month, a video was doing the rounds, which showed a man being tied to the front of an Indian Army vehicle, being paraded in a village in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, as a warning to stone-pelters. Opposition leader, Omar Abdullah tweeted the video then, requesting for urgent inquiry and follow-up.

Rawal became an MP from the Ahmedabad East constituency during the 2014 General Elections. The BJP, in coalition with the PDP (Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party), is currently in power in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

Arundhati Roy has been vocal in her criticism about the Indian Army’s behaviour in the Valley and the North-East.

Her new novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’, will hit the stands next month, marking the writer’s return to literary fiction after two decades since the ‘The God Of Small Things’ was published.

This sort of a tweet is out-of-character for Rawal, and he was slammed by the Twitterati who alleged that a Parliamentarian was inciting mob violence.

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