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“Insensitive”: Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam trolled for taking selfie with CRPF soldier’s coffin

Kannanthanam took the photograph while hundreds were paying their respects to the late soldier Vasantha Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam has been slammed on social media for posting a selfie photograph with the coffin of a CRPF soldier killed in the Pulwama terror
attack, with several users accusing him of indulging in “blatant self-promotion” in the back of a tragic incident.
Kannanthanam took the photograph while hundreds were paying their respects to the late soldier, Vasantha Kumar VV, after the body was brought back to his residence at Lakkidi in Kerala’s Wayanad
district on Saturday. “The funeral of CRPF jawan Vasantha Kumar is being held at his home. It is because of people like him that you and I can live peacefully,” read the caption accompanying the selfie.
The Union Minister’s words, however, did little to blunt social media anger over his “insensivity” on such a tragic occasion. “Sir, you should have used a better camera for this selfie, can’t see the shame on
your face,” said a netizen. Another claimed that Kannanthanam’s act was testament to his narcissism. A third reminded the BJP politician that this “was not the time for drama”.
More than 40 CRPF personnel died after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed a car filled with explosives into a 78-vehicle convoy passing through the
Jammu-Srinagar highway on Thursday. The resulting explosion ripped apart a bus and hit another, dispersing metal debris and human remains over a 100-metre radius on the national highway.
Meanwhile, the nation continued to mourn the soldiers as their bodies were transported to their hometowns across its expanse. In Kerala, the cast of the Mohanlal-starrer “Marakkar: Arabikadalinte
Simham” paid tribute to them by observing a few minutes of silence on the sets of the film. Later, the film star shared photographs of the occasion on his Twitter page.
Vasantha Kumar, who belonged to the Mullu Kuruma tribe, is survived by his wife, mother and two children.

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