10 January 2012, 9:14 pm by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Rameshwaram Police has cracked down on the Tamil Nadu political activist mob that attacked Sri Lankan Tamil businessman Thirukumaran Nadesan
Police arrested Seven persons including “Karate”Palanisamy of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham&Kan.Illango of Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam. The arrested persons were produced in courts and remanded to judicial custody for fifteen days by the Rameshwaram Judicial magistrate. Police have filed charges against the arrested “activists” under Sections 506(1), 294(b), 427, 448 and 355 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) The relevant charges under these IPC provisions relate to criminal intimidation,uttering obscene words,mischief,house trespass&assault. Rameshwaram Police have filed these charges against the activists on the basis of a complaint lodged by Ananda Dikshidhar a Brahmin Priest It was at Ananda Dikshidhar’s house on Nadutheru in Rameshwaram town that a special pooja was held with Thirukumaran Nadesan participating
The pooja was part of a Hindu ritual for propitiating ancestors of Thirukumaran Nadesan who was on a two -day pilgrimage to Rameshwaram Activists from the Vaiko led Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham(MDMK)&Seeman led Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam (NTI)demonstrated on the street When Nadesan came out of the house some journalists asked him about his political views to which the businessman replied he had no opinion Over 20 persons led by “Karate”Palanisamy of MDMK & Kan. Illango of NTI surrounded& “attacked” Nadesan with flagpoles & threw footwear at him.
The Brahmin priests then pulled back Nadesan into the house&shut the door. The mob then threw stones & tried to enter the house forcibly The priest blocked the rowdy mob from entering in a bid to protect Nadesan. Ananda Dikshidhar sustained minor injuries in the fracas Rameshwaram Police then came to the spot & rescued Nadesan afterdispersing the mob &arresting 7 ring leaders including Palanisamy & Ilango Nadesan was escorted back to his hotel in Rameshwaram town by the Police who got him to vacate it for security reasons& took him to Trichy Ramanathapuram range Police DIG Sandeep Mittal described the incident as a “minor scuffle”& promised stern action against those involved.
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