‘Look, That Was Anger…’: Punjab CM on CISF Constable ‘Slapping’ Actor Kangana Ranaut

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann reacted to CISF woman constable Kulwinder Kaur allegedly slapping actor Kangana Ranaut (R) at the Chandigarh airport last week. (Image: PTI/File)

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said the CISF woman constable might have been angry over BJP MP-elect Kangana Ranaut’s previous statements on the farmers’ protest but said this incident should not have happened

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday said the CISF woman constable, who allegedly slapped actor Kangana Ranaut, might have been angry over the BJP MP-elect’s previous statements on the farmers’ stir. He also ticked her off over her remarks on “terrorism”, but said this incident should not have happened.

It was the Punjab chief minister’s first reaction to CISF woman constable Kulwinder Kaur allegedly slapping Ranaut at the Chandigarh airport last week. The security personnel was apparently upset with the actor’s stance on the farmers’ protests.

Replying to a question on the slapping incident, Mann said, “Look, that was anger. She (Kangana) had earlier spoken like this. Somewhere, there was anger in the heart of that woman (CISF constable). It (incident) should not have happened like this,” Mann said.

In an obvious reference to Kangana, the AAP leader said whether one is a film actor or an MP, it is wrong to say that entire Punjab is a terrorist state and there is terrorism in the state. He recalled the contribution of Punjab in the country’s freedom struggle and also said it feeds the nation.

“On every issue, you say that they are terrorists and separatists. If farmers hold protests, they are called terrorists. It is wrong,” he said.

Kangana, in a video message hours after the incident last week, said she was hit in the face and abused by the constable during a security check at the Chandigarh airport, the ugly fracas breaking out two days after she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.

In the statement titled ‘Shocking rise in terror and violence in Punjab’ posted on X after she landed in Delhi following the incident on Thursday, Ranaut said she was safe and fine. The constable, Ranaut said, came towards her from the side.

“She hit me in the face and started abusing me. I asked her why she did it and she said she supports the farmer protests. I am safe but my concern is that terrorism and extremism are increasing in Punjab… How do we handle that?” she asked.

Another video doing the rounds on social media showed the agitated constable talking to people presumably after the incident. “Kangana made a statement (earlier) that the farmers were protesting in Delhi because they were paid Rs 100 or Rs 200. At the time, my mother was one of the protesters,” she said in the purported video.

Kulwinder’s brother Sher Singh Mahiwal is an organising secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee in Kapurthala. The Mohali police has booked the constable under IPC sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint). Both are bailable offences.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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