Thoothukudi student leader who asked Rajnikanth ‘Who are you?’ when he visited him in the hospital was arrested by police. The police said that Santhosh was arrested for allegedly distributing pamphlets instigating protests against Sterlite Copper. He has been remanded under section 153(A)(B), 505(1)(b), the police said. He is the President of the All College Students’ Federation.
Rajnikanth was visiting the hospital to offer condolences and visit those who were injured in the Thoothukudi firing. Santhosh has severely injured n the firing and it was when Rajinikanth approached him that he asked the questions. This was both appreciated and criticised in the state but he later apologised to the superstar through a vide. He had asked similar questions to all the VIPs that visited the hospital.
Santhosh’s mother told the media that her son left the house around 11.30 am on Thursday after he got an “emergency” phone call.
The villagers have staged a sit-in protest demanding Santhosh’s release and his mother has said that the protests will continue until her son is released. “When Sterlite has been shut permanently, why are they arresting my son? Even if the Chief Minister orchestrates to shut Sterlite, would the police arrest him?” she question edex reported.