Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan came down heavily against the suspension of internet services in tense Tuticorin (also known as Thoothukudi).
Reacting to the AIADMK-led state government’s decision to cut internet service in Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts, the actor-turned-politician warned of an uprising bigger than the anti-Sterlite protests.
“Internet connection cut in Thooththukkudi? Alarming! What next? excommunicate Tamilnadu?” asked Haasan on Twitter.
“TN would see an uprising,much bigger than any, in its history. No Government is strong enough to take on the might of my people,” he wrote sending out a message to the state government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who has come under fire from Opposition parties in the state and influential Tamil cine icons for the police firing on agitators in Tuticorin which left 11 dead by end of Tuesday.
The government issued a circular to internet service providers informing them of the decision to suspend internet services. In its circular, the state government said that “a public emergency had arisen” and that internet “should be stopped to prevent spreading of rumours with half truth”.
According to reports, internet services have been suspended for five days till 27 May.
Earlier today, Haasan met some of those injured during the violence at the General Hospital in Thoothukudi on Wednesday.
He was surrounded by grieving relatives who asked him repeatedly to see what the state government had done to their dear ones. The 63-year-old leader consoled them and said that no amount of compensation given to those who had died would be enough.
According to reports, Haasan claimed that the shooting was engineered to satisfy someone. He demanded that it is important to know “who ordered to shoot yesterday”.
But the actor-turned-politician was booked for violating Section 144, in force in the city since the violence.
Haasan had himself joined the protestors on 1 April, on the 49th day of the agitation. He had previously stated that the expansion of the Sterlite plant, if allowed, might lead to “a Bhopal-like tragedy” in Thoothukudi.