Bengaluru- Film Actor, Director, Writer and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad and BJP MP Prathap Simha have allegedly received death threats on social media as the controversy rages in Karnataka over the birth anniversary celebrations of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.
Mysuru-Kodagu BJP MP Prathap Simha, who received a threat to his life in a Facebook post, has approached Mysuru police.
A tweet posted on the twitter handle, ‘Intolerant Chandra’ allegedly said that Karnad will meet with the same fate as MM Kalburgi if he enrages Kannadigas with such comments. Kalburgi, who was gunned down recently by two men at his residence in Dharwad in north Karnataka.
In a controversial remark at state government-organised Tipu Jayanti event here on Tuesday, Karnad had said that it would have been “apt” had the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli near here been named after Tipu Sultan rather than Kempe Gowda, a feudatory ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire who founded Bengaluru in 1537.
Karnad had on Wednesday said he apologises if “anybody has been hurt” by his views.