A picture of this bus, which went viral on Twitter and Facebook, triggered the anger of the Hindu groups.

Bus with Jinnahs picture in Bengaluru leads to netizens calling for lynching
news Social Media Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 08:19

On Thursday morning, a picture of a green bus bearing the name “Democracy Travels”, with a photo of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was posted on social media.

The seemingly harmless bus, however, triggered the rage of many right-wing activists and residents to such an extent, that a man named Abhishek Singh called for people to “lynch the owner inside the bus and burn it.”

Following this, Hindu groups and right-wing activists took Twitter and Facebook, condemning the owner of the bus with some strongly-worded status messages.

“Can please anyone explain ...why are my countrymen behaving like this? If anyone wants to support our enemy country they can just leave and settle out there. OR IS IT THE OPPOSITION PARTIES' DIRTY POLITICS JUST TO OUST MODIJI FROM POWER?? But these pictures hurt the hearts of million people living here,” The Nationalist, a right-wing Facebook group posted.

What was the bus with Jinnah’s photo doing in Bengaluru?

Neeraj Kamath, the former core committee member of NaMo Brigade, was the first one to spot the bus.

After the picture went viral on social media, it was revealed that a private travel agency in the city had rented the bus for the shooting of the Malayalam film Aabhaasam, which was being shot in Bengaluru.

According to a report by the Times of India, the filmmakers forgot to put up a board, conveying that the bus was meant for the movie shooting.

The report also states that when Neeraj Kamath contacted the film director, Jubith Namradth, stood his ground and refused to take down Jinnah’s picture.

However, Kamath later Tweeted saying that the owner of the bus, fearing public backlash, had taken down the picture from the bus.



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