A roadshow was organised in Karnal in his honour; BJP leaders have shared its video on Twitter
NEW DELHI – A man from Haryana Vishal Jood, who was convicted for assaulting Sikhs, has received a heroic welcome in India after he was deported for his involvement in hate crimes against Sikhs in Australia.
Vishal, who was deported on 15 October, was arrested in April after the investigation found his involvement in a series of hate crimes against the members of the Sikh community. He pleaded guilty to charges that included “assault, occasioning actual bodily harm in the company of others, and armed with the intention to commit an indictable offence”.
Sharing the report of Vishal’s deportation, Australian minister Alex Hawke said that attempts to undermine the social cohesion of his country will not be tolerated.
Attempts to undermine Australia’s social cohesion will not be tolerated. https://t.co/uQKM3bMGeX
— Alex Hawke MP (@AlexHawkeMP) October 16, 2021
Back home, Vishal is given a heroic welcome after he landed in India. According to Times of India, a roadshow was organised in Karnal in his honour, which concluded at the Ror Dharamshala here, after Vishal reached Haryana on Sunday. Amid dhol (drum) beats, members of Vishal’s family, community, and his friends welcomed him, honouring him with garlands of flowers.
A video surfaced on social media shows Vishal is being ferried with a convoy of vehicles along with unfurling tricolor.
The video clip has been shared on Twitter by Hindutva leaders including BJP leaders. National Secretary of BJP’s youth wing Tejinder Singh Bagga called him ‘hero’ sharing the video clip.
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) October 17, 2021
Another blue tick Twitter user, who described himself as ‘Proud Hindu’, also welcomed Vishal sharing the video.
Welcome back Vishal Jood bhai🥳🇮🇳pic.twitter.com/WrG559Lp5H
— Vijay Patel🇮🇳 (@vijaygajera) October 17, 2021
The heroic welcome to him has drawn outrage on social media.
This #VishalJood was arrested & then deported by Australian authorities to India for his hate attacks against Sikhs in Sydney. Australia’s Immigration Minister says Jood was undermining Australia’ social cohesion. But, he gets a hero’s welcome in India! pic.twitter.com/mjKywF2268
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) October 18, 2021
This person was deported by Australia for being involved in criminal gangs and attacking members of the Sikh community. BJP office holders are calling him a “hero” and welcoming him back with a convoy. https://t.co/2wBqfcS6hG
— Vivan Marwaha – book out NOW! (@VivanMarwaha) October 18, 2021
Arrested in Australia, and then deported for alleged attacks on Sikhs.
Gets a hero's welcome in India as if he's won the world cup.
This country is sick. #VishalJood
— Parth MN (@parthpunter) October 18, 2021