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Death of a Cow Has More Significance Than That of a Police Officer: Naseeruddin Shah

"There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands. The poison has already spread and it is difficult to put this jinn back into the bottle."

New Delhi: Speaking to Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, Naseeruddin Shah expressed concern over the Bulandshahr violence and said that, “the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer.” He also said that he doesn’t see “the situation improving anytime soon”.

The veteran actor further said, “There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands. The poison has already spread and it is difficult to put this jinn back into the bottle.”

On December 3, mob violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr over an incident of alleged cow slaughter in the Mahaw village of the district. It led to the death of two men, including that of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.

Soon after, the Uttar Pradesh police stated that their main concern was to uncover who had killed the cows and UP chief minister Adityanath also ordered a probe into the alleged cow slaughter, choosing to ignore the killing of Singh.

In an over two-minute video, Shah also expressed anxiety for his children if they were asked about their religion. “I feel worried about my children. They do not have a religion. I had received religious education as a child. Ratna belongs to a liberal household, so she had received none,” he said.

The actor added, “I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks “are you a Hindu or a Muslim”, they will have no answer.”

Shah also said, “I want every right-thinking person to feel angry and not scared. This is our home. Who can dare to evict us from here?” he said.

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