CISF orders court of inquiry after woman constable slaps MP-elect Kangana Ranaut

The CISF has suspected constable Kulwinder Kaur who allegedly slapped BJP MP-elect Kangana Ranaut at the Chandigarh airport


Published Jun 07, 2024 | 9:52 AM Updated Jun 07, 2024 | 9:52 AM

Kangana Ranaut

The CISF has suspected constable Kulwinder Kaur who allegedly slapped BJP MP-elect Kangana Ranaut at the Chandigarh airport on Thursday, 6 June. She would also face a court of inquiry.

Earlier, actor Kangana Ranaut said she was hit in the face and abused by a woman CISF constable during security check at the Chandigarh airport. The alleged incident occurred two days after she had won the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in Himachal Pradesh.

Kulwinder Kaur, who appeared to be upset with Ranaut over her stance on the farmers’ protests, was suspended and an FIR registered against her, officials said.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), tasked with providing security at airports, has also ordered a court of inquiry into the incident.

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“Shocking rise in terror”, says Kangana

In a video statement titled “Shocking rise in terror and violence in Punjab” posted on X after she landed in Delhi, the “Queen” actor said she was safe and fine.

Recapping in detail what had happened, Ranaut said she had been getting a lot of calls from the media and her well-wishers.

The constable, she 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 is increasing in Punjab… How do we handle that?”

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The motive

Another video doing the rounds of social media showed an agitated Kaur talking to people presumably after the incident.

“Kangana made a statement that farmers were protesting in Delhi because they were paid ₹100 or ₹200. At the time, my mother was one of the protesters,” she said in the purported video.

Kaur joined the CISF in 2009 and has been with the aviation security group of the force at the Chandigarh airport since 2021.

She has had no vigilance inquiry or punishment against her in the force till now, the officials said, adding her husband too is posted at the same airport.

The slap incident evoked mixed reactions on social media.

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NCW calls for action

Terming the incident a serious matter, National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma called for serious action and said the panel had taken up the matter with the CISF.

Those responsible for security at airport are themselves breaching security, she said in a post on X.

Leader of the opposition and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur termed incident very unfortunate and condemned it. “Such behaviour with an elected representative by security personnel at the airport is very unfortunate and calls for action,” he told PTI.

State Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh, who lost to Ranaut in the elections, said, “The incident is unfortunate and we condemn it.”

He also said action should be taken against the constable.

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Judgmental hai kya?

Making her political – and electoral debut – Ranaut defeated her nearest Congress rival Singh by over 74,000 votes from Mandi in her home state.

The four-time National Award winner has been a high profile, prominent voice supporting the ruling party on issues like the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in 2019-20 and farmer protests in 2020-21.

During the agitation against the three farm laws, Ranaut allegedly misidentified a woman farmer from Punjab and called her Bilkis Bano, an octogenarian who had made international headlines during the anti-CAA protests earlier in the Delhi neighbourhood of Shaheen Bagh.

She had then shared a tweet alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agriculture laws at various border points of the national capital.

She retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

The actor later deleted the tweet after Twitter users pointed out that both the women were different.

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