Actor Prakash Raj was arrested in Karnataka’s Bagalkot district police station for a social media post in which he allegedly mocked India’s ambitious third moon mission– Chandrayaan- 3, police said on Tuesday.
“A complaint has been filed against actor Prakash Raj for his position in the Chandrayaan-3 mission,” police said.
They added: “The leaders of the Hindu organization filed a complaint against the actor at the Banahatti police station of Bagalkote district and demanded action.”
The veteran actor on Sunday took to blog X, sharing a caricature of a man in a shirt and lungi pouring tea.
Sharing the photo, he wrote, “First view just arrived from Chandrayaan.. #VikramLander #justasking.”
Prakash Raj has faced backlash since then when people say that the Chandrayaan-3 mission has something to do with the pride of the country.
Faced with outrage on social media, Prakash Raj clarified on X that his comments were intended as a joke. “Hate only Hate…I’m referring to a joke about #Armstrong our Kerala Chaiwala anniversary-that Chaiwala made the trolls see? If you don’t understand a joke the joke will be belongs to you..Growing up #just ask” he posted.
According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Chandrayaan-3 will land on the moon on August 23, around 18:04 IST.
Live action will be available on the ISRO website, YouTube channel, Facebook and public broadcaster DD National TV from 5:27pm IST on August 23, 2023.
India will be the fourth country in the world to achieve this feat after the US, Russia and China, but India will be the only country in the world to set foot on the south pole of the Moon.
The main goals of the Chandrayaan-3 mission consisted of three goals – demonstrating a safe and smooth landing on the Moon’s surface; to demonstrate the rover moving on the moon and conduct science experiments on site.
Chandrayaan-3’s development phase began in January 2020 and is expected to launch around 2021. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has unexpectedly delayed the mission’s progress.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on 14 July 2023 via the GSLV Mark 3 heavy launch vehicle (LVM 3) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota at 2:35 pm.
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