8 Jun 2024

Kangana Ranaut slapping incident: What Rakesh Tikait, CISF cop's brother said? Check latest developments

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has reacted to the incident of BJP's newly elected MP Kangana being slapped at Chandigarh airport by a CISF personnel Kulvinder Kaur.

Sharing his statement on social media platform X, he wrote, "...we all are with the daughter (Kulvinder Kaur) and her family."

Rakesh Tikait stated that the incident involving MP Kangana at the Chandigarh airport was an argument and emphasized that claims of physical assault were inaccurate. He mentioned that Kangana had made derogatory remarks about farmers during the protests, which had upset the CISF cop involved in the airport incident. 

Tikait expressed solidarity with Kulvinder and urged for appropriate legal action to be taken if any wrongdoing had occurred. He said it is wrong to suspend or dismiss her from the job. He also called for a thorough investigation into the incident and highlighted the need to respect both farmers and members of the armed forces. Additionally, Tikait criticized Kangana for her past statements against farmers and urged politicians to refrain from making inflammatory remarks. 

Tikait said, "Did Kangana not call farmers terrorists for a year? Did she not insult them for 13 months? Every soldier in the army feels this pain. Politicians should also stop making statements."

I am ready to lose thousands of such jobs for my mother's respect: Kulvinder

Kulvinder Kaur - the airport security official suspended and arrested after she allegedly slapped actor and BJP MP Kangana Ranaut - struck a defiant note, posting on X (formerly Twitter), "I am not afraid of losing this job... I am ready to lose thousands of such jobs for my mother's respect."

Ms Kaur allegedly slapped Ms Ranaut - who won Himachal Pradesh's Mandi seat - at the airport Thursday, while she was waiting to board a Delhi flight, and accused her of "disrespecting farmers".

Within hours she was suspended and an inquiry was ordered and, this morning Ms Kaur, a CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) Constable, was arrested.

Initially quiet, Ms Ranaut later raged about "terrorism rising in Punjab".

BJP MP Kangana Ranaut on Thursday claimed that a security guard slapped her at the Chandigarh airport.

Kangana Ranaut posted a video on the social media platform X and said, "I am getting a lot of phone calls. I am absolutely safe and fine. The incident that happened today happened at the Chandigarh airport. This incident happened during the security check."

Ranaut alleged that the CISF constable “strategically waited” for her to pass through the security check, and then “in a signature Khalistani style, quietly came from behind and hit (her) face without saying a word”.

What Kulvinder's brother said?

Sher Singh, brother of Kulvinder Kaur, who allegedly slapped Kangana Ranaut, has spoken to the media.

Sher Singh Mahiwal, elder brother of Kulvinder Kaur, said, "Kulvinder is my younger sister. We are six siblings. She is younger than me. She is on duty at Chandigarh airport."

He said, "According to the information we have, when Kangana Ranaut came yesterday, Kulvinder Kaur said that you will have to pass your purse and mobile phone through the scanner. There was a heated argument between the two over this. This entire incident happened because of this."

Sher Singh said, "On the other hand, it is being said that Kulvinder Kaur slapped Kangana Ranaut. We want to say that if Kulvinder Kaur has slapped someone, then why is there no video of that.”

He mentioned, "We would like to tell Kangana Ranaut and highlight that while you were an actor, your statements were not well-received, and now as an MP, your language remains inappropriate. At times, you have made disparaging remarks about farmers, insulted our mothers and sisters, and falsely claimed they were paid Rs 100 each to participate in protests."

Kulvinder Kaur’s brother said that an FIR should be filed against Kangana Ranaut for calling the farmers Khalistani.

What Punjab politicians said?

Meanwhile, Punjab politicians have slammed Kangana for 'terrorism' remark.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhpal Singh Khaira are among several other politicians, who have criticised actor and new MP Kangana Ranaut's remark that "terrorism and extremism were on rise in Punjab" after she was slapped by a CISF jawan at the Chandigarh airport a day back.

Shiromani Akali Dal MP Badal said that no one should be allowed to label Punjabis as 'Atankwadi' or 'Ugravadi' and fan communal divisions.

Bikram Singh Majithia, while reacting to the incident wrote on X that though he was not a supporter of violence in any form but he had repeatedly said that farmers were supporting nation by providing food and their sons, brothers and sisters were serving at borders and their voice should not go unheard.

He said what happened at Chandigarh airport was result of refusal by rulers to hear farmers and soldiers' voices.

"Rulers should understand why such a situation has emerged which forced Kulwinder Kaur to take such extreme step," he said.

Majithia said that a statement has been issued: "Punjabis are turning Terrorists…one need to avoid such statements which create atmosphere of bitterness".

Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira took to X to condemn Kangna's comment and wrote: "I never support any kind of violence but she was slapped by CISF personnel Kulwinder Kaur due to her own nefarious divisive agenda and her hate for farmers.

"The CISF personnel hit her because she felt bad when Kangana taunted protesting farmers as paid 'Daily Wagers', as her mother was part of the same protest."

"It appears she has learnt no lesson and is once again spitting venom against farmers and Punjab. She’s trying to portray the slap with revival of Terrorism in Punjab not realising it was a SLAP and not a bullet fired.

"She should now realise she’s an MP and must control her tounge," Khaira added.

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