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Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri asks for list of #UrbanNaxals, faces criticism on Twitter

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Many Twitter users have come forward in the support of the five activists arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence on Wednesday, #MeTooUrbanNaxal becoming the latest trend on twitter.

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The messages of support for the activists started pouring in after Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri took to his Twitter account to announce that he wanted some ‘bright young people to make a list of all those who are defending #UrbanNaxals’.

I want some bright young people to make a list of all those who are defending #UrbanNaxals Let’s see where it leads. If you want to volunteer with commitment, pl DM me. @squintneon would you like to take the lead?

Following his tweets, thousands of users came out in condemnation of Agnihotri and volunteered to be a part of the list of people defending the alleged Naxals.

“Hi @vivekagnihotri, Dissent is important for our democracy to function and to hold our Government accountable. I intend to do exactly that. Put me on your list. #metoourbannaxal,” said one user.

“If having a contrarian point of view makes me an Urban Naxal, I was one in the Congress regime, and I am one in the BJP regime. #MeTooUrbanNaxal,” said another.

“If believing in the constitutional rights and fighting for them is ‘urban Naxal’ then #MeTooUrbanNaxal,” a user tweeted.

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