Sarcasm: Paresh Rawal explains tweet on 26/11 attacks hero Major Unnikrishnan
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Sarcasm: Paresh Rawal explains tweet on 26/11 attacks hero Major Unnikrishnan

Paresh Rawal falsely claimed Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who was killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was not accorded the 21 gun salute by his state Bengaluru.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2017 17:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP leader Paresh Rawal during the monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)

Sorry won’t do on Twitter, it seems. Actor-politician Paresh Rawal on Sunday tweeted that Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was not accorded the 21 gun salute after he died fighting terrorists during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

When he people pointed out that Major Unnikrishnan, a National Security Guard (NSG) commando, was cremated with a 21-gun salute in Bengaluru in November 2008, Rawal tweeted this.

When a journalist asked Rawal why doesn’t he admit that he made a mistake, the BJP leader tweeted:

Twitter users accused him of propaganda, with many asking him to verify his statements before posting “utterly ignorant stuff”. They also said BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa was the chief minister of Karnataka in 2008.

The BJP leader’s tweet came days after senior journalist and Hindu right-wing critic Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in Bengaluru, was laid to rest with full state honours.

Rawal had kicked off a Twitter storm in May after he said that writer Arundhati Roy should be tied to an army jeep, suggesting she be used in a manner similar to a Kashmiri man in the Valley. Rawal also endorsed a tweet by another user that suggested journalist Sagarika Ghose be treated similarly, with many users seeing it as an attempt to incite violence by an elected public representative.

Here’s a look at some of the responses:

There were few, however, who believed his statement and defended Rawal.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 16:47 IST