Kangana Ranaut slapped at Chandigarh airport for ‘comments on Indian farmers’ protests’

Kangana Ranaut slapped at Chandigarh airport for ‘comments on Indian farmers’ protests’

The newly-elected MP raised concerns over 'rising terrorism' in India's Punjab.
Updated 07 Jun, 2024

Indian actor Kangana Ranaut, who was just elected as a member of parliament on a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) ticket, was slapped by a security guard at Chandigarh airport on Thursday, Dawn reported.

Ranaut was travelling to New Delhi days after her Lok Sabha election win from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi constituency. After the security check, Ranaut went to the boarding gate where she was slapped by the security guard.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable, identified as Kulwinder Kaur, has been suspended and an FIR registered against her, reports said. A complaint has also been submitted by the CISF to the local police.

According to NDTV, Kaur was offended by an old remark the Queen actor made about the farmers’ protest. The publication quoted the CISF constable — who reportedly comes from a family of farmers — as having said, “She gave a statement… that farmers are sitting there for INR 100. Will she go and sit there? My mother was sitting there and protesting when she gave this statement”.

Kaur also accused Ranaut of “disrespecting farmers”.

In a social media post, the actor had tweeted about an elderly woman seen at one of the protests and said she was “available for INR 100” — she was forced to delete the tweet after public outrage, NDTV reported.

After the incident, Ranaut took to her Instagram account to detail what had happened. “I am safe, I am perfectly fine. The incident happened at the security check-in. The woman guard waited for me to cross. She then came and hit me and started throwing expletives. I asked [her] why she hit me. She said, ‘I support farmers protest’. I am safe but my concern is terrorism is rising in Punjab. How do we handle that?”

The farmers’ movement in India’s Punjab has been active since the Modi regime approved three controversial agricultural bills in 2020.

Ranaut has repeatedly spoken out against the movement, and in October 2021, the Karnataka Police filed a FIR against the actor for her calling farmers protesting the Indian government’s new agriculture laws “terrorists”, The Business Standard reported.

After the 2021 farmers protests, led by Sikh farmers from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in India’s north, singer Rihanna shared a CNN article and questioned why people weren’t talking about it.

In a deleted tweet from 2021, Ranaut lashed out at Rihanna. “No one is talking about it because they are not farmers; they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA…” Ranaut said, adding: “Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies.”

After Thursday’s incident, military officer Gaurav Arya said on X (formerly Twitter) that Kaur “will be punished” and alleged that the occurrence was “planned all along” as a way for the CISF to enter politics. Ranaut took to her Instagram to voice her agreement.

“She strategically waited for me to cross her and in a signature Khalistani style quietly came behind and hit my face without saying a word when I asked why she did that, she looked away and started to speak into the phone cameras focused on her, hogging sudden public attention”.

Ranaut highlighted that the farming laws were repealed and didn’t concern anyone, claiming that Kaur’s move was “her way of joining [the] Khalistani bandwagon which is getting major political seats in Punjab”.

Khalistan refers to a separatist movement seeking to create a homeland for Sikhs by establishing an ethno-religious sovereign state called Khalistan in Punjab.

In a truly bizarre comparison, Ranaut also came after supporters of Palestine in her posts about the incident. “All eyes on Rafah gang, this can happen to you or your children as well… When you celebrate a terror attack on someone be ready for the day it comes back to you as well.”

In a since deleted Instagram story, the actor also called out the Bollywood fraternity for remaining silent about what happened to her. According to India Today, Ranaut said, “Dear film industry you all are either celebrating or are totally mum on the airport attack on me. Remember if tomorrow if you walking disarmingly on some street of your country or anywhere else in the world and some Israeli / Palestinian hits you or your children just because you tried to bring eyes to Rafah or stood up for Israeli hostage… then you will see I will be fighting for your rights of free speech, if someday you wonder why I am where I am remember you are not me.”

Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who played a second iteration of Gopi Bahu in the viral Indian drama Saath Nibhana Saathiya, was one of the few celebrities who spoke out about the incident. In a series of tweets, Bhattacharjee said, “It is not just a slap. It’s a matter of Indian security. It can be more dangerous than one can think of. Nothing less than a security threat, should be dealt like one.”

She added that the incident was “deeply troubling” and “such actions represent a severe breach of public trust and security protocols”.

Looks like things are going to get even more dramatic in the Indian political arena.


Jaswinder Sandhu Jun 07, 2024 02:33pm
Slapping Kangna Ranaut by a security guard was not a proper way of answering her stupid remarks about the farmers' struggle earlier. However, Ms. Kulvinder Kaur's action must have brought a message to the egotistic and over-boiled Bollywood actors & actresses too that people get upset with their stupid jabbings.
atis Jun 07, 2024 02:42pm
She needs to settle down now
Arjun Jun 07, 2024 04:00pm
CISF security is there to pro ide security Not to use it for personal and Khalistan agenda purposes. She needs to be suspended and moved to desk job not fit for security position. Shame on Kisan Unions I stead of doing farming are making daily life of public he'll.
Fast comment Jun 07, 2024 04:04pm
Think before you say.
Anuj Sitamgarh Jun 07, 2024 04:13pm
Kangana Ranaut is the first person to have contested an election on a BJP symbol and gets a Congress symbol soon after winning.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 07, 2024 04:25pm
Violence, violence and more violence in world's top violent country called Republic of India.
Queen Jun 07, 2024 04:28pm
So receiving a slap for disrespecting someone's mother is being compared with a rogue state committing genocide of innocent people including women and and children for continuous nine months??? India is seriously a gone case.
Ahmad Jun 07, 2024 04:42pm
She is a joker and evil bein (cannot call her a person or human being).
kamal chowkidar Jun 07, 2024 06:12pm
No sympathy for terrorist farmers anymore.
Ranjit Jun 07, 2024 06:18pm
India is in trouble, voters have elected this nutty lady, and a separatist from Punjab for parliament! Talk about the two extremes.
Sayyar Khan Jun 07, 2024 07:34pm
I wish we had such brave people in Pakistan. I fully support Kaur for what she did.
Nadeem Shah USA Jun 07, 2024 08:11pm
Sometimes this is the best way to deal with a low IQ bigot. They should not feel safe anywhere.
M. Saeed Jun 07, 2024 09:41pm
If an official protocol member security guard of the then PM, Indra Gandhi can kill her, what is this Kangna in comparison?
Asad Jun 08, 2024 02:47am
Kangana is a verbal terrorist, few slaps would have bern better. Khalistan is now an inevitably.
soumitra Jun 08, 2024 07:44am
Beware! If its kangana today, it can be the PM or president tomorrow!
Afaq Ahmad Jun 08, 2024 08:03am
Your words reveal what you have inside and how you think. Police lady should not be suspended even if she has done something she was not supposed to. But it is not only about breaking laws and going beyond the track, it is about to stop someone accusing formers for having concerns. It is also about the clash between law and morality. We should, sometimes , think beyond the traditional concept of morality and law. It is just because something is unlawful does not mean it is immoral. Kulwinder singh's actions might not be justified in the lens of law but they are quite justifiable in the code of moral values. Kangna ranaut's remark elite's unwillingness to address the concerns of formers, whereas kulwinder's action shows strong resistance from the masses.
harjit Jun 08, 2024 12:56pm
When Kangna commented on farmers .....Law agency did not take any the security lady took law in her hand.
Lakshmi Jun 09, 2024 04:54am
Kangana is a narcissistic, egotistic, hatred spewing, power hungry rabble rouser. Although violence is not the answer I can imagine Ms Kaur’s frustration at these kind of people spreading false allegations, hatred and being rewarded for these actions. Brave Ms Kaur
Gurpreet Singh Jun 09, 2024 08:58am
I’m no fan of Kangana Ranaut but the actions of the CISF officer Kulvinder Kaur were unwarranted and send the wrong message. We live in a democratic country with laws and nobody has the right to take law into their hands. Kangana needs to be slapped alright, but it should be at the ballot box by the people of India just like they slapped others in the recently concluded elections.
Gurpreet Singh Jun 09, 2024 09:06am
@Kamal Chowkidar - Nobody is supporting the CISF official for slapping Ranaut but people like you and your vitriolic attitude is what causes animosity between communities. Don’t you have any shame for calling the farmers who feed you, terrorists? And BTW, are the farmers from Haryana, Maharashtra, UP, Bihar, Andhra, Tamil Nadu etc. Khalistanis as well? Think twice before you spread poison.
Raghunandan Krishnamurti Jun 10, 2024 08:07am
The constable should be terminated from her job and given a jail sentence . She has no business wearing a CISF uniform.