Amidst the ongoing furore in Haryana post the verdict against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhtora instigated a fresh controversy after he promoted his recent release 'A Gentleman' in Haryana.
Sidhartha was lashed out at on social media and was called as 'shameless' and 'ungentlemanly'.
"To all the people of Haryana, please stay safe. Hope you can see our film soon #Agentleman #PeaceAndLove," Sidharth had tweeted earlier in the day.
Post the verdict violence broke out in the state claiming 17 lives and leaving over 150 injured. The violence left a trail of destruction and vandalism, a Haryana government official said.
Soon the social media users blasted him for the tweet.
"After this shameless tweet people should bycott his film," one of the Twitter users wrote.
"This was a shameful way of promoting your film. For god sake can you get considerate," another tweet read.
The actor later clarified, saying his thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the violence.
"It's really sad to see the situation worsen since morning and see people in Punjab and Haryana. Love and prayers.
Its really sad to see the situation worsen since morning and see people in Punjab and Haryana https://t.co/u8TeWwEaW0 and prayers.— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017
"To people who are commenting on my morning tweets,they were made before the verdict! Thoughts and prayers," he wrote.
To people who are commenting on my morning tweets,they were made before the verdict ! Thoughts n prayers— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) August 25, 2017
CBI judge Jagdeep Singh held the 50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief, guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers.