CHENNAI/SALEM: Actor Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested Sunday for making a provocative speech against the Chennai-Salem Greenfield Corridor.
A special team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Sankaranarayanan from Salem arrested him at his residence in Chennai. In the wake of the arrest, the State government warned of strong action against those violating the law or inciting violence with Fisheries minister D Jayakumar telling media in Chennai, “All should abide by the law. Incitement of violence cannot be allowed. Those who talk (like Mansoor Ali Khan) will ultimately go to jail.”
The government cannot remain mute as somebody talks in such a way so as to incite violence, he said.
A few weeks ago in Salem district, Khan had met farmers who were protesting against the proposed corridor. The actor had allegedly threatened violence if the project was implemented. Deevattipatty police registered a case against him for inciting violence. On Sunday, Khan was brought to Deevattipatty police station. Speaking to media, Khan said he had been arrested for speaking against the project and urged the State to drop it. Khan was lodged at Salem Central Prison after being produced before the Mettur magistrate.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the arrest of film actor Mansoor Ali Khan over his alleged remarks during an event in Salem against the proposed Salem-Chennai highway project, the State government warned of stringent action against those violating the law and inciting violence. Talking to reporters here on Sunday, a senior minister and AIADMK spokesperson D Jayakumar said, “All should abide by the law. Noone can be allowed to incite violence. Those who talk (like Mansoor Ali Khan) will ultimately go to jail.” He said the government will not remain quiet when somebody talks in a way that would incite violence.