When attacked for her tweets, and called indifferent, Hema Malini responded that she was a "sensitive person"

As Mathura burns MP Hema Malini gushes over film on Twitter gets mockedPTI
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Bollywood actress and politician Hema Malini found herself under severe attack on Friday, when she posted merry pictures of herself at an ongoing film shoot on the Madh islands near Mumbai, even as her parliamentary constituency, Mathura, was experiencing violent clashes that had left 22 people, including two high-ranking policemen dead, and a number of others injured.

Soon after  the actress tweeted about the shoot, it was picked up by various news outlets and agencies.

Although the actress-politician soon deleted her tweets, she came under flak from various quarters for her ‘indifference’ to the situation in Mathura.

However, many also rallied on the Mathura MP’s side, arguing that targeting her was a way of excusing the Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav of his responsibility for the event.

Meanwhile, Hema Malini herself soon changed the tone of her tweets to more sombre reactions to the violence in Mathura.

She added that she would go back to Mathura if required and appealed to the people to stay calm.

Further, she also tweeted that unlike attempts to paint her as apathetic, “I am a very sensitive person.”

Responding to the criticism, the BJP stood by its Mathura MP, with spokesperson Sambit Patra declaring that her "tweets are OK", and added that "we should not divert from main issue.”

“First and foremost, the moment Hema ji came to know of it, we have all seen, that she has taken up the matter in a very sensitive manner. She has expressed deep concern and is considering going there. She will soon reach Mathura,” Patra is reported to have said at a media briefing. He also said that the actor will visit Mathura soon.

Violence ensued in Mathura late Thursday evening due to a clash between the police and encroachers allegedly belonging to an outfit called Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi.

According to reports, the police were trying to evict illegal occupants from Jawahar Park as mandated by the Allahabad High Court. The incident has reportedly claimed 22 lives including an SP and SHO. About 200 people have been held for questioning in relation to the mishap.

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