MAPUSA: A Goa man was forced to apologise and chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ after a video showing him cheering for Pak cricket team emerged on the internet.
A retailer at Goa’s Calangute was forced apologise in public and raise ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ slogans by a group of men after a video of him cheering for the Pakistan cricket team surfaced on social media, reported the news agency PTI.
The incident occurred after a travel vlogger released an undated video, showing the shop owner in Calangute, North Goa expressing support for the Pakistan cricket team. It appears that the video was filmed during a match between Pakistan and New Zealand.
The video shows the vlogger having a brief conversation with the man. The vlogger asks the shop owner, “Who is playing? Are you cheering for New Zealand?” The man replies, “For Pakistan.” The vlogger then asks him why, to which the man responds saying, “This is Muslim area.”
On Thursday, a group of individuals confronted the shop owner after a video of him went viral, questioning him for his alleged support of Pakistan. The incident was captured on video and also circulated widely on social media. In the footage, a member of the group can be seen admonishing the shop owner, stating that the entire village belongs to Calangute and there are no separate lanes for any particular religious group.
The shop owner is then asked to apologise to his fellow countrymen and is made to kneel down and hold his ears. Initially hesitant, the shop owner eventually apologises and is seen raising the slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. As of now, no formal complaint has been lodged with the local police regarding this incident.