Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri, who was on target of patriots for making derogatory comments against Indian soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack, has visited the home of martyred BSF soldier Nitin Yadav in Nagla Bari village in Etawah.
The actor got emotional during his visit to the slain soldier’s home and paid floral tribute to the martyr. Om Puri looked at the photograph of the martyr soldier for several minutes and broke down and cried bitterly by uttering the word ‘maafi’ (forgiveness). He took part in ‘hawan’ organised for the departed soul.
During a debate on a news channel, Puri had made a statement that nobody had forced the slain Indian soldiers to join the Army and had slapped on the indefinite ban on Pakistan artists, barring them from working in Indian projects, by defending art.
While visiting the martyr’s home he apologized by saying that his comments were beyond forgiveness and if he had uttered these derogatory comments in any other country, he should have been executed. He had sought forgiveness and requested them to accept him as their family member.
Nitin’s father stated that even though they were hurt by the comments of Om Puri, they have forgiven and accepted him as the part of their family.
The actor said that the visit to the martyr’s home was to apologise personally and he admitted that his comments were beyond the limits.
The controversy started when veteran actor Om Puri made this remark: “Who had asked the soldiers to join the Army? Who told them to pick the weapons?” which, as expected, didn’t go down well with many on social media. Puri faced the heat, a police complaint was filed against Puri at the Andheri police station in Mumbai for being insensitive towards the soldiers who lost their lives for the country.