Actor Siddharth, who is known for his powerful performance in Rang De Basanti, had alleged that the IT cell in-charge of the Tamil Nadu BJP leaked his phone number on social media without his consent. Post the leak, Siddharth said that he received over 500 calls of abuse, rape and death threats to him and his family members. He said that all the numbers were linked to the BJP. After his tweet, Siddharth revealed that the Tamil Nadu Police has offered him protection. However, he would like to give it up for needy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Thank you @tnpoliceoffl for the protection. I am the first person in my entire family's history to be given the same. However, I would politely like to give up this privilege so the same officers' time is better used for something else during this pandemic. Thank you again," Siddharth tweeted.
Earlier, Siddharth had also shared some screenshots of people who threatened him and his family on social media. "My phone number was leaked by members of TN BJP and @BJPtnITcell Over 500 calls of abuse, rape and death threats to me & family for over 24 hrs. All numbers recorded (with BJP links and DPs) and handing over to Police. I will not shut up. Keep trying. @narendramodi @AmitShah," he tweeted.
In another tweet, he said, "My mother is afraid. I had no other words to give her courage and reassurance so I read her some of yours from your tweets. Thank you for telling me I'll be ok. We are very normal people from very simple backgrounds. Your words mean the world. Let's get back to work and help."
However, The IT cell in-charge of the Tamil Nadu BJP has denied the allegations of actor Siddharth.
BJP Tamil Nadu IT wing secretary, CTR Nirmal Kumar while speaking to IANS said, "BJP workers are not involved in issuing death threats to actor Sidharth. We are in the process of supporting people with food and medicines during the Covid crisis. If he can prove that any BJP worker is involved in this, I assure that strict action will be taken against him/her."
He added, "Party workers should not listen to people like Sidharth who are simply spending time. We stay focused on serving the public."
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