The Coimbatore Police arrested and prevented group of protesters from burning effigies of superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan condemning them for not providing enough relief fund to the people suffering from the unprecedented floods which inundated Chennai and other coastal Districts.
Rain Gods opened up for many days in these Districts and other Delta Districts, mitigating the water-scarcity in the State for at least two seasons to come. Kollywood celebrities including Siddharth, Vishal, Karthi, Parthiepan, Rekha, Mohan and many others have taken to the field by distributing relief materials to the people.
Help to flood-hit victims has been pouring in from many quarters and Tollywood actors have so far contributed close to Rs.3 crores. Rajini donated Rs.10 lakhs, viewed as ‘almost nothing’ by his fans and Tamils all over the world considering the fact tht Rajini has always ‘proclaimed’ himself as a Tamil.
Kamal Haasan neither donated any amount (till last night when reports surfaced in the media saying he had donated Rs.15 lakhs) nor kept quiet; he ruffled the feathers of the powers-that-be by stating that the Govt. was a mere spectator to the tragedy. State Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam issued a harshly-worded statement replying to Kamal after which the later issued a denial of his original statement.
In the meantime, volunteers of Coimbatore-based ‘Bharat Sena’ staged protest at Sankanoor raising slogans against Rajini and Kamal for not donating ‘enough’. Scores of volunteers were taken into custody when they attempted to burn effigies of the top two Tamil stars of Kollywood.