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Security stepped up outside Javed Akhtar’s Mumbai residence; BJP seeks apology over his remark

Mumbai, September 6

Security was beefed up outside the residence of writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar in Mumbai on Monday after a Maharashtra BJP MLA demanded an apology from him over his remark where he allegedly compared the RSS with the Taliban, a police official said.

Adequate police bandobast was placed outside Akhtar’s residence near the ISKCON temple in Juhu area, the official said, adding that security personnel, including women constables, were deployed outside the lyricist’s home.

Akhtar recently told a news channel that the right wing all over the world had an uncanny similarity.

“The Taliban want an Islamic country. These people want to make a Hindu rashtra,” the lyricist said without naming the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

BJP MLA and state party spokesperson Ram Kadam condemned Akhtar’s remark.

The legislator from Mumbai said no film involving Akhtar would be allowed to be screened in the country until he apologised to Sangh functionaries over his comments.

The Shiv Sena, which shares power with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, on Monday said Akhtar was “completely wrong” in comparing the RSS with the Taliban.

“How can you say that those who favour the concept of a Hindu rashtra are of Talibani mindset? We don’t agree with this,” an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said. PTI

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