Kangana Ranut leaves Mumbai for home state Himachal Pradesh with “heavy heart”


Targeting Shiv Sena, the actor alleged that she was terrorised all these days through constant attacks on her and said she was lucky to be alive  

Controversial Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has left Mumbai for her home state Himachal Pradesh on Monday with a “heavy heart”.  

She had entered into a bitter word of duel with the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and it led to the Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) partially demolishing her Bandra-based office worth crores of rupees on September 9 terming it as illegal.

She informed her decision to return to her home state through a tweet.

"With a heavy heart leaving Mumbai, the way I was terrorised all these days constant attacks and abuses hurled at me attempts to break my house after my work place, alert security with lethal weapons around me, must say my analogy about POK was bang on (sic)," she tweeted before boarding the flight to Chandigarh.

Ranaut courted controversy after she compared Mumbai to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and said that she felt unsafe to live in the maximum city.

After landing in Chandigarh, Ranaut said that her security had reduced significantly and people were greeting her with joy.

"It seems this time I was saved. There was a time when I felt a mother's touch in Mumbai, but today the situation is such that I am lucky to be alive. The moment Shiv Sena became Sonia Sena, the Mumbai administration became a terror," she tweeted in Hindi apparently targeting the Sena and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The verbal duel began after the mysterious death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was found hanging at his Mumbai flat on June 14 this year. The police termed it as a suicide while the kin of Rajput alleged it as a murder. Later, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Ranaut had questioned the silence of Bollywood actors for their silence on the death of the young actor. She alleged that there was a nexus among the politicians, police and the Bollywood mafia.

It was her comparison of Mumbai to POK and Mumbai Police that took a serious turn as the Shiv Sena came down heavily on the actor.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a veiled attack on Ranaut flayed the people who are “ungrateful” to the city that helped them flourish.

The BMC partially demolished her office saying it as illegal. The Bombay High Court stayed the demolition in a major relief to Ranaut.

However, she termed the act as to terrorise her and also said that it was a vendetta for criticizing the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government.

During her five-day stay in Mumbai, Ranaut also met with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and also Union Minister Ramdas Athwale to demand action and compensation for the demolition.

Ranaut declared that she would not renovate the building and instead work from its ruins as "a symbol of a woman's will that dared to rise in this world".

The state BJP made a cautious approach to the issue. While extending support to her, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, however, flayed what she said about Mumbai and the police force.  

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