Subhasri victim of official apathy: Kamal

Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan has appealed to the people to join him for a better future while blaming the government for apathy and half-baked politicians for the recent death of a 23-year-old Subhasri who fell on the road after being knocked off her two-wheeler by a falling banner erected by an AIADMK functionary.
Subhasri victim of official apathy: Kamal
Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan


“The likes of Raghu and Subhasri are victims of the government’s negligence,” said the 64-year-old actorin a video message released on Friday.

K Raghupathy (Raghu) also died in similar fashion in 2017 in Coimbatore when he was run over by a Corporation lorry after his two-wheeler rammed into an arch erected for the MGR Centenary fete then. 

Kamal said the powers that be have kept people slaves by calling them ordinary folks, but asserted such ordinary citizens create extraordinary leaders. He said such deaths should be treated and booked as murders, so they don’t repeat.

“How many more lives will be taken away by these ignorant officials and half-baked politicians. Don’t they have common sense on where to erect or not erect banners,” he said, also indicating that if questions are raised in the state, then it is met with intimidation, apparently by the ruling party leaders.

The actor-politician said people choose to elect their leaders “and be their slaves forever.”

“If you say we will decide our rulers and be their slaves forever, there is no crazier thing than that. They (rulers) have kept you as slaves by repeatedly calling you ordinary people. I strongly believe that these ordinary people create extraordinary leaders,” Kamal added. He said if people were afraid to question those in power, then “take my hand,” and that his MNM will not only raise those issues but also strive for a solution.

Later, speaking to reporters after the visit of students from Junglemahal region in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha, he said such incidents should be treated as “murder” and legally handled accordingly so that they don’t repeat.

The MNM chief, who also travelled with the students in the Metro train from Teynampet to Airport, also questioned why the AIADMK functionary who had allegedly erected the illegal hoardings, had not yet been arrested.

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