The anger of the farming community in Punjab against those who targeted them during the farmers’ agitation led to a woman official of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel slapping actor Kangana Ranaut, the newly elected Member of Parliament from Mandi on Thursday.

However, Ranaut’s reaction to the episode was to express her “concern over the growing ‘terrorism’ in Punjab” and the need to “tame it”. This statement by the actor-politician has triggered strong reactions not only from the farmers, but also politicians and other sections of civil society as well. Most have sided with the official accused of the assault.

The actor-politician Kangana Ranaut was on Thursday slapped at Chandigarh international airport by Kulwinder Kaur. Kaur hails from Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab’s Kapurthala and is farmer leader Sher Singh Malhiwal’s sister.

In a video doing the rounds on the social media she is heard saying, “She claimed people are sitting in farmers' protest for Rs. 100. Will she sit there? My mother was sitting at the protest site when she gave this statement.”

There is another version doing the round about what triggered the episode. It is being reportedly said that the MP-elect from Mandi was slapped at security check after she pushed the security personnel. Ranaut reportedly refused to put her phone in the scanning tray during the check. Ranaut left for Delhi at 3 pm by a Vistara flight.