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Sports-persons come out in support of Armed forces in Kashmir in midst of ‘video-wars’

Recently citizens were shocked after a video dated 9th April surfaced in which Kashmiri youths were seen assaulting CRPF Jawans who showed extreme restraint and did not react to their constant badgering. This had prompted various sportspersons like Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Kaif to come out and show solidarity with the paramilitary forces.

This though didn’t go down well with some, which resulted in Gambhir getting attacked by trolls and Sehwag getting his words twisted by a media house.

A few days after the incident with the paramilitary forces, the army came up with a novel way of dealing with stone pelters and other protesters when it proceeded to tie up a pelter in front of its jeep to discourage others from throwing stones.

This innovative measure by the Army received flak from some commentators from the left but also received the support of the various sports-persons who gave a thumbs up to the Army’s actions.

Wrestler Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt made statements:

Even ex-army person and athlete Surendra Poonia also made a strong statement:

The support by the above sportspersons is also commendable for another reason. Recently during the Gurmehar Kaur fiasco, both Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Phogat were targeted for protesting against anti-Indian statements. But the high pitched ridicule and abuse doesn’t seem to have deterred them and they haven’t held back from taking the so-called politically incorrect line. Let’s hope the “hardly literate” athletes don’t earn the wrath of Javed Akhtar again.

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