At a time when Mathura is engulfed by tension following a violent confrontation between the police and encroachers, veteran actress and BJP MP Hema Malini tweeted photos of a film shoot in Mumbai. She later deleted the tweets and expressed empathy with the victims in her Lok Sabha constituency.
In tweets, which she later deleted after her indifference to the Mathura incident was being highlighted, Malini had posted about how convenient it has become to commute from mainland Mumbai to Madh Island -- a hotspot for shooting. She even posted photographs from her journey to Madh Island via a motorboat, and expressed hope for an early release of the movie “Ek Thi Rani”, which she is busy shooting for.
BJP MP (Mathura) Hema Malini uploads shoot pictures on her Twitter even as death toll from Mathura incident rises. pic.twitter.com/CCilzxReCZ— ANI (@ANI_news) June 3, 2016
Soon after, she was trolled on Twitter for sharing the images in the wake of the clashes.
Maybe Hema Malini would have gone running, leaving her film shoot,if Kent company was on fire!— Vinita Deshmukh (@VinitaDeshmukh) June 3, 2016
21 Killed in Mathura. MP Hema Malini busy shooting for Film & Posting pics (now deleted) on Twitter. Good Governance pic.twitter.com/nlpPTVjYqJ— Joy (@Joydas) June 3, 2016
To be very honest @dreamgirlhema has no quality of a leader or MP, Unaware, Incompetent, No civic sense, doesn't deserve to be in Loksabha— Bhaiyyaji (@bhaiyyajispeaks) June 3, 2016
What Hema Malini shld hv done pic.twitter.com/QPNzl15iQA— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) June 3, 2016
After social media users commented on her nonchalance towards the situation in her Lok Sabha constituency, she deleted the tweets and said:
I am constantly in touch with authorities/karyakartas in Mathura.I am on my way to Delhi and will reach Mathura at the earliest.— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) June 3, 2016
“So so upset by ths news from a place which is so dear to me, Will go there again if my presence is required. My heart goes out to the bereaved (sic),” she added.
Malini also sent out her “heartfelt condolences” to families of police officers “who laid down their lives in the line of duty.”
The actress also appealed to the people of the district to “remain calm” and not get “misguided by violent elements”.
The BJP said Malini is “extremely sensitive” to the situation and will reach Mathura soon but insisted that the issue should not be used as a “diversion” as law and order is the state government’s responsibility and not that of the local MP.
“As far as this issue of Hema Malini reaching Mathura is concerned, I am sure she will be reaching Mathura... Let’s not divert the issue as to when Hema Malini will be reaching Mathura. The major issue is law and order is a state subject.
The chief minister has to reach there and take stock of the law and order situation,” party spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
On Thursday, a mob went on rampage after police took action against them for encroaching upon a major part of a government land.
The toll in the Mathura violence rose to 24 on Friday. Among the dead were superintendent of police, Mukul Dwivedi, and Farah station house officer, Santosh Yadav.
While 250 people have been detained for their involvement in the incident, the city continues to be tense even as heavy police reinforcements have been deployed in the violence-hit region.