Jana Sena party founder and Actor Pawan Kalyan appealed to his fans not to resort to violence in the name of adoration, in the wake of the stabbing to death of his fan Vinod Rayal. Pawan described his fellow Tollywood star Junior NTR his ‘friend,’ and urged his fans to desist from attacks on other artists in their bid to show affection for him. Pawan Kalyan came to Tirupathi on Thursday to call on the family of Y.Vinod Kumar (24) better known as Vinod Rayal, who was stabbed to death at Kolar in Karnataka a couple of days ago during a quarrel involving the fans of the two leading Telugu stars.
Pawan Kalyan, came to Renigunta airport in a special flight, reached Rayal’s residence at about 11 a.m. The nondescript STV Nagar locality was chock-a-block with his fans descending on it right from 8 a.m. Hundreds of them cheered the star and ran behind his convoy. After paying his condolences, Pawan Kalyan listened to the family members and friends on the turn of events that led to Vinod’s death.
Pawan Kalyan told Vinod’s father Mr. Y.Venkatesh to Treat him as his elder son, a senior engineering executive in the Amara Raja group, and mother Vedavathi, State president of Mahila Kapunadu. He promised to bring pressure on the Central and Karnataka governments to bring the guilty to book. The actor offered all possible help, but Vinod’s parents politely declined the offer. Vinod was a B.Tech student specialising in Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE). He had planned to make a career in the U.S. and his visa process was also reportedly on.
“Vinod frequently visited Bengaluru for coaching and he recently told me that his US visit would materialise in a couple of months,” his family friend and Chittoor district Kapunadu president D.‘Saritha’ Nagaraju said. It was actually an awareness meeting on organ donation on the fateful day, but it turned out to be a venue for fans to launch a flame war.