Speaking at the DYFI conference, Mammootty said, "If communist organizations like DYFI had been in Gujarat, atrocities in name of religion would not have taken place." This very comment has sparked protest against him from political outfits. For this reason, police security has been given to him.
This statement did not go down well with the BJP and the RSS. The Congress had other problems. If prominent stars like Mammootty take part in conventions like DYFI, it will strengthen the ruling Marxist party and spell doom for the Congress to come to power. So, they framed a case on Mammootty that he had illegally appropriated government lands.
Following dissatisfaction by BJP and RSS, the police said that Mammootty's life is under threat. So, his Ernakulam house is given police protection.
At present, Mammootty is in Kannur for the shooting of Pazhassi Raja. A group of protestors damaged a hotel where the film crew is staying, thinking that Mammootty is put up there. Cars were smashed and filming equipment and vans were destroyed. It is surmised that this could be the work of Hindutva groups who could not tolerate Mammootty's remarks on Gujarat.
Following this incident, Mammootty has been given police protection.