Filmstar Akshay Kumar said today that he had "by mistake" liked a tweet that appeared to mock the police crackdown on Jamia Millia University students during a protest on Sunday evening against the citizenship law. The 52-year-old actor said he had "unliked" it immediately after realizing his mistake but screenshots were already floating by then.
"Regarding the 'like' on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it. As In no way do I support such acts,"Akshay Kumar tweeted this morning.
Regarding the 'like' on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it as In no way do I support such acts.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 16, 2019
The tweet that he had accidentally "liked" said: "Badhai ho...Jamia mein Azaadi mili hai (congratulations, Jamia has won independence)." The video showed the police in riot gear on the campus and not a student in sight.
Akshay Kumar's clarification drew 1800 retweets and over 9,000 likes within half an hour and inspired much trolling of the actor.
Canadian citizen Akshay Kumar is so spineless that he doesn't even have the courage to own up to his fascist ideology openly.— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) December 16, 2019
Quick question, @akshaykumar : So, you don't endorse the tweet celebrating police violence. We get it. Do you condemn it? https://t.co/5ybwGVa8Smpic.twitter.com/AzuckdyX3d
Screen hero, real life zero.— Ajay Kamath (@ajay43) December 16, 2019
He made headlines of the non-film kind last year when he announced that he had Canadian citizenship. Later, he clarified that he had applied for an Indian passport.
Yesterday, the Jamia university became the epicenter of protests against the citizenship bill. Videos show students hiding in the library and some marching out with their heal
Anger over police action against students has spread to other college campuses including in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai.
100 students were detained from Jamia and released around 3.30 am this morning.