A senior reporter of Mathrubhumi Thiruvananthapuram Bureau, P.K. Mani Kantan, has come under fire for insulting the national symbol Ashoka Pillar through a Facebook post. The incident took place in the context of the separatist media conference called Cutting South in Kochi. The post was made by Manikandan, who is a close follower of Popular Front leader and UAPA terrorist case accused Siddique Kappan and former secretary of KUWJ Delhi unit.
According to reports, there are indications that popular front sleeper cells are paying those who spread anti-national messages through social media. The Cutting South media conference in Kochi and Manikant’s anti-national post are proof that Popular Front’s green media syndicate is active in Kerala, sources said.
PK Manikandan has allegedly violated the Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act (1971) by placing a ‘mute’ sign on the Ashoka Pillar, a national symbol, and circulating it on social media. Netizens have urged the police to take immediate action against him. Following the controversy, the post was deleted.
The incident has sparked outrage among the public, with many calling for strict action against Manikandan. Meanwhile, the so-called media conclave has already become controversial following the reports that it aims at promoting separatist ideology for ‘the United States of South India’. According to reports, the programme is already under the scanner of national investigating agencies.
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