Slippers Hurled at Kamal Haasan amid Controversy over Godse Remark

May 16 2019 10:49 AM
Slippers Hurled at Kamal Haasan amid Controversy over Godse Remark

Slippers were hurled towards a vehicle from which actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday evening. The slipper attack came three days after Mr Haasan had said that "independent India's first extremist was a Hindu", referring to Mahatama Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.

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Eleven people, including BJP workers and members of another outfit, Hanuman Sena, have been named in the police complaint. One person has been detained, the police said, adding that the chappals missed the target and fell on the crowd.

The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan, kicked up a controversy this week with his comment that free India's first extremist was a Hindu, a reference to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.  The actor-turned-politician, while campaigning in Aravakurichi on Sunday, had said: "I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Independent India's first extremist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it starts."

On Wednesday, Mr Haasan said he stood by his remarks and he had only "stated facts" in his speech. 'What I said is a historic fact. It's quoted out of context. How can I target a religion? I challenge you to show one instance of me inciting discord," he said. 

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