New Delhi: Utsav Sharma, who had attacked people allegedly linked with high-profile cases, has astoundingly drawn support from netizens who have dubbed him as 'krantikari', 'social activist' and 'boondock saint of India'.
The 30-year-old bipolar disorder patient has sparked a debate on social networking site Facebook and microblogging site Twitter after his attack on murdered Noida schoolgirl Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar.
Utsav attacked Talwar with a cleaver causing deep cuts on his face and hands as he came out of the court in New Delhi after filing a petition, challenging CBI's closure report in the Aarushi-Hemraj twin murder case and demanding a fresh probe.
Last February he had attacked former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika molestation case.
Few have questioned the justification of his act while others are calling it a "reaction to injustice" by a "frustrated aam admi".
"When system fails, aam aadmi rocks the system by causing a tremor to its foundation. Way to go Man you deserve to be called and addressed as a true faithful Indian!" Dennis Makwan from Mumbai wrote on Facebook.
Shortly after the episode, a community on Facebook, 'Utsav Sharma-Hindustani' was formed and since then it has received several posts applauding Sharma's act.
Gaurav Bhardwaj writes, "Swatantra Bharat Ka Krantikari", while Amit Gupta states it as an act of courage, "Brave-hearted boy...the only courageous in 1.20 billion Indians, who dares to punish criminals who are roaming openly..."
Tweets on the academic achievements of the National Institute of Design graduate have made people on Twitter to
draw parallels between the incident and plots of several Bollywood movies.
Nishtha Bhatnagar tweets, "From RDB (Rang De Basanti) on the big screen to Utsav Sharma in real life. Youth in waking up to taking justice in its own hands!"
Another user, Vineet Gulati names Sharma "the boondock saint of India..." equating him to a Hollywood hero.
Ex-Bigg Boss contestant and director Kamaal R Khan also appreciated Sharma on Twitter, "I shall give all support to Utsav Sharma. I really admire this boy who is not thinking about himself but he is thinking about his country."
"I don't think there is anything wrong in supporting Utsav Sharma," Angela Toppo, a fashion assistant at Harper Bazaar, told PTI.
"He did what the premier investigative agency CBI was unable to do. Social networking sites are the only way for us to extend our support to him," Toppo said.