Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts convict was finally hanged on July 30 at the Nagpur Central Jail in Maharashtra. But those that supported the petition against the conspirator’s hanging are still being pulled up for it. The most prominent among them is actor Salman Khan, who had bombarded his Twitter account with a barrage of tweets opposing the death sentence of Yakub Memon. Also Read - Blackbuck Poaching Case Update: Salman Khan Gets Relief From Court Appearance Due to COVID-19
Naturally, Salman’s support to someone who had co-conspired one of the deadliest terror attacks in India was met with shock and criticism. Salman’s father Salim Khan, Bollywood’s veteran scriptwriter, was quick to offer an apology and an explanation, saying that Salman’s tweets were naive, idiotic and absurd. “He must have heard it somewhere…I feel if you don’t have 100 percent knowledge about something, you should not speak about it,” he said about Salman. Also Read - Bigg Boss 14 Finale Week: Rubina Dilaik Talks About Divorce, Abhinav Shukla Cries Hard
Reportedly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its supporters organised protests against the actor outside his house in Mumbai. Salim Khan again spoke, this time to India Today Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai in an exclusive video interview to the channel. Salim Sa’ab spoke about how wrong Salman was to tweet such a thing, and also said that he was being targeted for being a celebrity. (EXCLUSIVE: Salman Khan’s father – veteran writer Salim Khan to open cafe for budding scriptwriters) Also Read - Pavitra Punia Gets Evicted From Bigg Boss 14 After Jaan Kumar Sanu?
India Today also spoke to Zafar Sareshwala, Chancellor, Urdu University, who said that Salman was being accused because he is a Muslim. Why were other celebs who opposed Memon’s hanging – like Mahesh Bhatt, Shatrughan Sinha and Ram Jethmalani – not targeted, he asked. Watch the interview of Salim Khan to India Today here.