Chandigarh: Even as Aamir Khan continues to be at the centre of a raging debate after he expressed "alarm and despondency" over the rise in incidents of intolerance, the Shiv Sena has announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone slapping the Bollywood superstar, media reports said on Thursday.
The cash reward was reportedly announced by Punjab unit Shiv Sena chairman Rajeev Tandon.
Huge number of Shiv Sena supporters on Wednesday had gathered outside MBD Radisson Blu in Ludhiana where Aamir is staying. He is shooting for his upcoming flick Dangal, slated to release next year.
The protesters used derogatory language angianst Aamir and burnt his phtotographs.
Acting swiftly, Ludhiana Police stepped up Bollywood's 'Mr Perfectionist' security.
Aamir, 50, had said: "For the last six to eight months, there has been a growing despondency I would say. Kiran (wife Kiran Rao) and I have lived all our life in India. When I sit at home and talk to Kiran, for the first time she said, 'Should we move out of India?' Now that's a very disastrous and a big comment to make to me."
Aamir yesterday asserted that he stood by his comments and made it clear that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao have any intention of leaving the country.
"First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future.
"Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying," he said.