Three days after his ‘Godse’ comment, slippers were thrown at actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday evening while campaigning in Tirupparankundram assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai. Earlier, he had said that “independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
Chappals were hurled towards a vehicle from which Kamal Haasan was addressing the meeting, police said. One person has been detained, the police said, adding that the chappals missed the target and fell on the crowd.
On Wednesday, Hassan defended his “first Hindu was terrorist” remark against Nathuram Godse saying what he stated in Aravakurichi was a “historical fact”.
A few days after his controversial remark, a complaint was given against Kamal Haasan by Hindu Munnani’s Karur district secretary, K.V. Ramakrishnan and an FIR was registered. He also approached the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail on Wednesday.
The police in Aravakurichi in Karur district had filed the FIR under sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with ”outraging religious feelings” and ”promoting enmity between different groups”, respectively. A Karur police release also warned of stringent action against those inciting violence in the name of religion, caste, language and race.
The BJP and AIADMK condemned him for his remarks, though Congress and rationalist outfit Dravidar Kazhagam backed him.