SAL­MAN IS AN EASY TAR­GET, SAYS SALIM

Ac­tor’s fa­ther says much ado was made around his ‘child­ish’ tweet on Yakub even af­ter Sal­man apol­o­gised at his be­hest

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Afew days af­ter Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Sal­man Khan got into a con­tro­versy by op­pos­ing the death penalty for 1993 Mum­bai se­rial blasts con­vict Yakub Me­mon, his fa­ther, vet­eran writer Salim Khan, says that the ac­tor is be­ing tar­geted be­cause of his celebrity sta­tus and those rais­ing a hue and cry over it may be do­ing it for pub­lic­ity.

Salim makes his point say­ing his son was not the only per­son who had held such a stance on the mat­ter. “These things have been said by many peo­ple. Sal­man was not the only one. Prob­a­bly his way of putting it was a lit­tle child­ish, and mean­ing­less. The first per­son to con­demn it was me. Lots of peo­ple like Naseerud­din Shah, Sha­trughan Sinha, (Jus­tice) Markandey Katju have said the same thing,” Salim told a news chan­nel.

“You get more pub­lic­ity when you at­tach Sal­man (with a con­tro­versy) be­cause he is a big star,” he added.

Sal­man, 49, who is out on bail af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to five years in jail in the 2002 hit-and-run case in May, tweeted on July 25 that Yakub, who was hanged in Nag­pur jail on Thurs­day, should not have been pun­ished for his brother Tiger Me­mon’s crime. “Get tiger hang him. Pa­rade him not his brother... Kid­har chupa hai tiger? Hey koi tiger nahi hai billi aur hum ek billi ko nahi pakad sak­teh (sic),” Sal­man had tweeted. The re­ac­tion to the tweets led author­i­ties to de­ploy around 50 po­lice­men out­side his res­i­dence in Ban­dra in fear of pos­si­ble vi­o­lence.

How­ever, the very next day (July 26), Sal­man apol­o­gised for what he said. Sallu posted on Twit­ter that his fa­ther wanted him to re­tract his tweets “as they have the po­ten­tial to cre­ate misun­der­stand­ing”. And he promptly deleted the ear­lier tweets.

Yakub Me­mon was in­volved in the 1993 blasts that left 257 peo­ple dead and over 700 in­jured in what was then the world’s worst ur­ban terror at­tack.

Lots of peo­ple, like Naseerud­din Shah and Sha­trughan Sinha, have said the same thing

Salim Khan, writer and Sal­man’s fa­ther

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