South actor Prakash lashes out at PM Modi

South actor Prakash lashes out at PM Modi”

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence over the murder of senior Kannada editor and activist Gauri Lankesh, popular south Indian actor Prakash Raj said it was "disappointing" to see the PM follow those celebrating Lankesh's murder on social media. "This worries me", Deccan Chronicle quoted Raj as saying at the 11th state meet of the Left-leaning Democratic Youth Federation of India.

The forum is also demanding strict action by the police against social media users who abuse and threaten or in some cases, even celebrate the killing of rationalists, thinkers and other people in the country.

"After the murder of Gauri, Raj had told Times of India that he knew Gauri for 30 years and in a way we are all children of P Lankesh (the founder of Lankesh Patrike) and his ideology". "I wish to return all my National awards".

The News Minute, which translated his speech in English, quoted him as saying, "I am a renowned actor, do you think I will not be able to detect when you are acting". I don't want the awards.

Raj said he was "worried about the PM's silence". Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home in Bengaluru on the night of September 5. "Don't tell me that good days will come", said the "Iruvar" actor. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, the five-time National Award-winning actor said, "I am anxious about the PM's silence".

Slain Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh and Prakash Raj's friendship is three decades old. "P Lankesh voiced his opinion strongly, no one in this matter could match him", he had further added.

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