Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah made a reference to the Bulandshahr unrest while speaking to a YouTube channel saying that the "the death of a cow is more important than that of a police officer". He also said that he worried about his children over communal violence.
"The poison has already spread. It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands. In many areas, we are witnessing that the death of a cow is more important than that of a police officer," said Shah to the channel.
After the violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, where a mob went on a rampage over cow slaughter claiming the life of SHO Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year old Sumit, CM Yogi Adityanath faced flak for ordering the probe of those involved in the cow slaughter. As per an official spokesperson, the UP CM was of the view that the incident "is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner."
In the video, Shah also said that he worried about his children as they did not have a religion.
"I worry about my children as they do not belong to any religion... I am worried about my children since, if a mob surrounds them and asks them 'Are you a Hindu or Muslim' they will have no answer. I worry because the situation does not seem to be improving anytime soon. "
He also said that he was not scared about being rendered homeless because of his religion.
"These matters don't scare me, they make me angry. And I feel every right-thinking man should feel angry, not scared. This is our home, who dare evict us from here?"
A couple of days earlier, Shah had criticised Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli saying that the batsman was arrogant and bad mannered. He also said that he had no intention of leaving the country. His reference is to the cricketer’s comment asking a person to live outside India for calling him overrated and preferring Australia and English batsmen over him.
"Virat K is not only the worlds best batsman but also the worlds worst behaved player. His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners.. And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way,(sic)” wrote Naseeruddin Shah on Facebook.