Tamil Nadu: Slippers hurled at Kamal Haasan over ‘Hindu extremist remark’

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Slippers were hurled on Wednesday evening at actor turned politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan, when he was addressing an election meeting in Tirupparankundram assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai.

The attack came three days after Haasan kicked up a controversy with his “independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu” remark, referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

Police said, slippers were thrown towards the MNM chief who was addressing the meeting from a vehicle. However, slippers did hit Haasan and fell on the crowd gathered at the meeting.

One person had been detained by the police in connection with the incident.

Haasan has been facing the ire ever since he said that independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu, in reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

A police complaint was also filed against Haasan on Tuesday in Aravakurichi over his comments.

On Wednesday, Haasan clarified that he had only “stated facts” in his speech.

He also filed a petition for anticipatory bail in the Madras High Court saying his remarks were in reference to Nathuram Godse only and not about the Hindu community as a whole.