Chennai: Actor turned politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan visited the Madras varsity here and expressed solidarity with students protesting over Citizenhip Amendment Act.
However, he was blocked at the entry gate. He was not allowed to enter the main campus and spoke to the agitating students from behind the main gate of the university, opposite the Marina Beach.
The MNM chief said he was at the varsity to express solidarity with the students, who are on the protest for the third day on Wednesday.
"I am not allowed to go inside. Till I die, I will call myself a student, I have come here in that capacity to be their defender. I will keep voicing whether or not I have started a party and now that I have started a party it becomes my duty to be here," he told reporters.
“There are students inside the campus. I came here to support them. Police are saying only students will be allowed inside. I am a student. I will call myself a student until death,” he added.
Haasan also said that his party will join the ‘maha rally’ organised by the opposition parties against the amended Citizenship Act on December 23 in Tamil Nadu.
When asked about Haasan not being allowed into the premises, a police official said they had no role to play in allowing or disallowing anyone.
"The gate keys are with varsity officials. Check with them," a senior police official told PTI.
Varsity officials were unavailable for a comment.
(With added inputs from PTI)