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Film personalities condemn the ”witch-hunt” by Delhi Police

“We condemn this witch-hunt of students and activists because they exercised their constitutional right to protest against CAA/NRC/NPR,” the statement read.

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New Delhi, April 19 : Over 20 celebrities, including Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, Mahesh Bhatt and Ratna Pathak Shah, joined hands to urge “Delhi Police to stop abusing the lockdown” and put an “end to the witch-hunt” against “students and activists protesting against CAA”.

The artists released the statement on Sunday on Twitter.

“To fight this pandemic, the citizens and authorities need to stand by each other. By targeting activists taking advantage of the lockdown, when there is hardly even any media coverage of its actions, the Delhi Police is betraying the civic rights of the citizens. We urge the Delhi Police to stop abusing the lockdown, respect the human rights of our fellow citizens and put an end to this witch-hunt. We demand the release of these students and activists”, the celebrities urged in the statement.

The 29 signatories include Mahesh Bhatt, Aparna Sen, Ratna Pathak Shah, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vishal Dadlani, Nandita Das, Konkona Sen Sharma, Hansal Mehta, Onir, Sushant Singh, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Neeraj Ghaywan, Ashwini Chaudhury, Ankur Tewari, Abish Mathew, Sandhya Mridul, Andre Borges, Vinta Nanda, Mallika Dua, Saba Singh Azad, Sohail Tatari, Kushan Nandy among others.

The statement came as a response to the recent arrest of two students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

“The country light now is reeling through a grave crisis as a result of the novel CoronaVirus and nearly a month-long lockdown. We are all being asked to stay home and stay safe in order to break the chain of the deadly virus. We are shocked to know that in this midst of such a grave situation, the Delhi Police has arrested two students of Jamia Millia Islamia and several activists from localities of North-East Delhi who had participated in peaceful protests against the CAA,” the signatories said.

“Even as we write this, more students and activists are being called for questioning and interrogation by the police on a daily basis.”

“In a twisted fairy tale that the Delhi Police is trying to weave, these activists are now being implicated in cases related to the communal violence in Delhi that took place in February. A riot in which the minorities suffered the maximum damage, both in terms of lives and livelihoods, has now become a pretext for the Delhi Police to further witch-hunt activists, most of whom also come from the minority community,” they added.

The personalities stressed that “the lockdown cannot be a lockdown of the rights of citizens, and must not be abused by the authorities in this manner”.

“These actions of the Delhi Police are utterly inhuman and undemocratic. Making several people travel to police stations every day and then throwing some of them to jails also defeats the purpose of the lockdown and makes a mockery of social distancing. At a time when various governments are releasing under-trials from jail to relieve the pressure from the prisons and restrict chances of contamination, the Delhi Police is pushing students and activists into jail,” read the statement.

It states that “the constitution gives us the right to protest and express our views against the government and its policies”, going on to note that their “opposition to the CAA continues, as we see it as a bigoted law that strikes at the secular fabric of our country”.

“We condemn this witch-hunt of students and activists because they exercised their constitutional right to protest against CAA/NRC/NPR,” the statement read.

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Ankita shares bank statements after reports claim Sushant paid her EMI

According to top ED officials, the agency recorded the statements of Pankaj Dubey, Rajat Mewati and Dipesh Sawant under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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Mumbai, Aug 15 : Actress Ankita Lokhande, ex-girlfriend of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has shared copies of her bank statements on social media soon after reports emerged claiming the late actor was paying EMIs for her flat.

“Here I cease all the speculations. As transparent as I could be. My Flat’s Registration as well as my Bank Statement’s (01/01/19 to 01/03/20) highlighting the emi’s being deducted from my account on monthly basis. There is nothing more I have to say,” Ankita wrote on her verified Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday, sharing copies of her bank statements from January 2019 to March 2020.

Ankita’s tweet have come hours after a report in indiatoday.in claimed that Sushant was paying instalments worth Rs 4.5 crore for a flat in Malad, where Ankita “allegedly” resides. The report stated that they have received this piece of information from sources at Enforcement Directorate (ED). The report emerged on Friday evening and Ankita tweeted denying the same just a few minutes after midnight.

Meanwhile, the ED on Friday questioned the personal staff of Sushant Singh Rajput, including his servant, in connection with the money laundering case it is probing in the matter. According to top ED officials, the agency recorded the statements of Pankaj Dubey, Rajat Mewati and Dipesh Sawant under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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Sanjay Dutt to finish dubbing for Sadak 2′ before going on a medical break

Dutt is currently awaiting the release of “Sadak 2” and “Bhuj: The Pride of India”, which will premiere on Disney+Hotstar.

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Mumbai, Aug 14 : Actor Sanjay Dutt will be finishing the dubbing of his upcoming film Sadak 2 before taking a break from work for his medical treatment.

The 61-year-old had announced on Tuesday that he would be taking a “short break” from his work commitments to take care of his health.

“He (Dutt) will finish the dubbing work before going on the break. He has a very little work left and he is doing that,” source close to the film’s production told PTI.

Dutt was admitted to Lilavati Hospital last weekend after he complained of breathlessness. He was discharged on Monday.

A day after coming home, the actor issued a statement on social media requesting his well-wishers to not speculate about his health amid rumours that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dutt has not yet officially commented on the nature of his diagnosis.

The actor’s wife, producer Maanayata Dutt on Wednesday said the Bollywood star is a “fighter” who has always emerged winner amid adverse conditions and urged fans to not fall prey to speculations.

“We need all the strength and prayers to overcome this phase. There is a lot that the family has gone through in the past years but I am confident, this too shall pass,” she said.

Dutt is currently awaiting the release of “Sadak 2” and “Bhuj: The Pride of India”, which will premiere on Disney+Hotstar.

He will also star in the second installment of “KGF”, “Shamshera”, alongside Ranbir Kapoor, and “Torbaaz”.

In 2019, the actor had featured in three movies — Ashutosh Gowariker’s period drama “Panipat”, Karan Johar-produced “Kalank” and political drama “Prassthanam”.

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Kubbra Sait compares Covid-19 test with sex

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Mumbai, Aug 14 : Actress Kubbra Sait jokes she has lost her virginity to the Covid-19 test, adding that it was not as bad as she imagined.

“I lost my virginity to the covid test. Really it wasn’t half as bad as my mind had conjured it to be. It was a quick in and out. Reminded me of a few ex lovers. It made me sneeze. Ok bye,” Kubbra tweeted.

However, the “Sacred Games” actress did not share the reason behind taking the test.

Earlier this year, Kubbra had shared that she feels people should stop whining about lockdown, adding that since it is not in our control the best thing is to “just chill out”.

“Stop whining about the lockdown, it makes no sense. It is not in your control. So please stop whining, it is not going to change if you whine a little more or little less today so just chill out,” Kubbra had said.

“I think, let us just accept what’s happening right now. I know it is an old cliche, but it works especially in the times that we are in right now,” she had added.

Talking about how her habit changed during lockdown, she said: “The thing is that I used to hate brushing. I always felt I have no time to brush my teeth. I used to be like who is going to spend five extra minutes to brush their teeth. So yeah, now I brush like three to four times a day and I am very proud of myself. I hope my dentist would be just as proud of me.”

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