7 Jun 2024

Kangana Ranaut slapping incident: CISF cop suspended; check latest developments

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable who reportedly slapped Mandi MP and actress Kangana Ranaut at the Chandigarh airport for allegedly disrespecting farmers has been suspended, as confirmed by the police. Furthermore, a police case has been filed against Ranaut.

The incident took place while Ranaut was on her way to Delhi after her victory in the Lok Sabha Elections, representing the Himachal Pradesh constituency.

Kulwinder Kaur, the constable involved, explained that her actions were provoked by a previous statement made by Ranaut. 

Kaur said, "Kangana Ranaut had said that farmers were sitting there for Rs100. Would she go and sit there? When she made this statement, my mother was part of the protest," she stated, referring to the 2020 farmers' demonstrations against the three farm laws enacted by the Central government.

During a period of intense nationwide agitation, Ranaut remarked in a social media post that an elderly woman at a protest site was being paid Rs 100 to sit there. Facing widespread backlash, the actor eventually deleted the post.

Video of incident shows argument breaking out

In a video recorded by onlookers at the airport, the Kangana is seen being escorted to the security checkpoint where the incident allegedly occurred. However, as she reaches the area, an argument breaks out and she is escorted away. The video does not capture the alleged slap.

Hours after the incident, the actor shared a video message on X detailing what occurred at the airport. "The incident happened at the security check-in. The woman guard waited for me to cross. She then came and hit me... started throwing expletives. I asked her why she hit me. She said, 'I support farmers'. I am safe... but my concern is terrorism is rising in Punjab. How do we handle that?" she said in the video.

Kangana faced online backlash in 2021

In February 2021, Kangana faced online backlash after responding to a post by singer Rihanna about the farmers' protest. "Why aren't we talking about this?" Rihanna said while sharing a video of the farmers protesting.

Ranaut responded by labeling the protestors as "terrorists." "No one is talking about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like the USA... Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies," she said. She later deleted that post.

The farmers' protest that began in 2020/21 made headlines in India and across the world. Ranaut made several posts slamming the protests and questioning the legitimacy of the agitation, often criticizing the protesters.

During her campaign, her convoy was blocked by agitators in Chandigarh over her comments.

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