- Prakash Raj, southern star, criticises PM Modi for following trolls
- PM follows some accounts that celebrated killing of Gauri Lankesh
- She was Bengaluru journalist, shot dead last month, murder unsolved
Gauri Lankesh, a critic of right-wing ideology and a fierce advocate of secularism, was shot as she returned home early in September from her office in Bengaluru. The 55-year-old published a weekly paper.
Nobody has been arrested yet; the killer is seen wearing a helmet on security cameras at her home.
After her murder, some Twitter users abused her for her leftist ideals and celebrated her killing. PM Modi follows some of those accounts. Ms Lankesh's murder and the invective against her triggered national protests which alleged that her killing proves an intolerance of dissent.
Today, he said that he has been trolled for his comments but remains committed to making his point.
"I am disturbed, hurt, I am afraid of the silence of my Prime Minister," he said.
Prakash Raj began his career in Kannada films but has acted in Tamil and Malayalam movies and was a close friend of Ms Lankesh.
BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli, however, said that Prakash Raj should target his anger at the Congress because it runs Karnataka. "It is a case of misplaced priorities because what this gentleman should have done is actually ask the question to the Congress government of the state because the police come under the state. Why haven't they found the killers?" Mr Kohli told news agency ANI.