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Security enhanced at actor Rajinikanth’s residence in Chennai

Activists of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam stage a demonstration against actor Rajinikanth near his residence on Wednesday

Activists of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam stage a demonstration against actor Rajinikanth near his residence on Wednesday   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The move follows threats from Periyarist organisations after the actor’s controversial remarks over an anti-superstition rally organised by Periyar in 1971

Security has been increased at the residence of actor Rajinikanth in Poes Garden, Chennai, following threats by Periyarist organisations against his recent speech on the anti-superstition rally organised by Dravidar Kazhagam founder Periyar E.V. Ramasamy in 1971.

Personnel from the Armed Police and the city police are on round-the-clock duty, in addition to regular patrol and deployment of plainclothesmen. All precautionary arrangements were in place to prevent any untoward incident, police sources said.

 

At the Thughlak magazine’s 50th anniversary event on January 14, Mr. Rajnikanth said Periyar held an anti- superstition rally in which obscene pictures of Ram and Sita were paraded, and garlanded with slippers.

Despite strong condemnation from Periyarist organisations, the actor stood by his remarks.

On Wednesday, activists of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam staged a demonstration against the actor on Cathedral Road, a short distance from his residence. They shouted slogans against him, and asked him to admit that he was factually wrong.

R. Umapathi, president, south Chennai district unit of the organisation, led the protest. The protesters were detained by police in a hall.

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