Footwear hurled at Kamal, actor-politician explains on 'Hindu terrorism' remark

Slippers were hurled towards a vehicle from which Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency on Wednesday evening.

One person has been detained, the police said, adding that the chappals missed the target and fell on the crowd. Kamal, who is in the centre of a raging controversy over his “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu” remark, on Wednesday said he had only spoken about what was a ‘historic truth.’ “They got angry for what I spoke at Aravakurichi. What I spoke (there) is historic truth. I did not lure anyone to a brawl,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a petition seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to deregister political parties that misuse religion, race, caste, community and language for electoral gain.