Chappals 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, police said.
The attack comes days after Haasan had said that the “first terrorist of independent India was a Hindu” while referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. The 64-year-old, 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 (theeviravaadi) was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it starts.”
The police detained one person in connection with the incident
Eleven people, including BJP workers and members of another outfit, Hanuman Sena, have been named in the police complaint. They threw the slippers towards the stage when Mr Haasan was addressing the crowd. The slippers did not hit Mr Haasan and fell on the crowd, said police.
Mr Haasan said he stood by his remarks
A police complaint was also filed against the actor-politician on Tuesday in Aravakurichi over his comments.
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. He also filed a petition for anticipatory bail in the Madras High Court saying his speech was about Nathuram Godse only and not about the Hindu community as a whole. The Madras High Court will hear the petition today.
Earlier in the day, his party had issued a statement saying his comments were “taken out of context”. “This (his remark) has been taken absolutely out of context and the speech has been painted as anti-Hindu, with a malafide intent. This has created complete confusion and utmost anxiety amongst many common citizens who are not privy to this larger conspiracy,” the statement read.
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