Little did Miss Poonam Pandey know that her pic can create ruckus on the streets of Kolkata, something that eventually could have led to communal tension in the city. Such was the intensity of the protests that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was prompted to call for peace and harmony.
What happened? A city daily carried a morphed Twitter image that showed a nude Poonam Pandey standing with a framed photo of a Hindu God or Goddess (with Sachin Tendulkar’s face morphed on it) and a Pakistani player bowing to it. The photo triggered the protests in the Park Circus area of Kolkata. The image allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of the people, who came on the roads and stalled the traffic for up to six hours on Tuesday evening in the Bengal capital.
Police has controlled the situation, while CM Mamata Banerjee has urged the people to maintain peace and requested them to not get provoked. In the appeal she says, “Some people provoked by political influence are trying to create problems in the city. I urge them not to fall to such provocation and ask them to maintain peace and harmony.”
The publication office has already published an apology.
Meanwhile, the twitter addict Poonam Pandey has expressed shock and disgust over the incident. “I am really Shocked and Hurt over the incident in Kolkata, A fan-made stupid morphed pic of mine was published by mistake on a News Paper….TweetHrts & all my Fans round d World i do appreciate ur Love towards me but such edited/Morphed pix really hurt me,” writes Poonam.
Poonam Pandey has also requested her fans to keep her away from these kind of controversies which can hurt someone’s sentiments.