DMK MP, 5 others held for assaulting Dalit
Padmini Sivarajah, TNN | Mar 29, 2011, 11.54pm IST
MADURAI: In a setback to the DMK campaign for the April 13 assembly
elections, the Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday arrested the party's
Ramanathapuram MP, Rithish Kumar, and five others for allegedly
abusing and assaulting a dalit villager on Monday night during a
campaign. They have been remanded in custody by a Madurai court and
lodged in prison here.
Ramanathapuram superintendent of police Anilkumar Giri told TOI that
cases had been registered under several IPC sections and Section
3(1)(10) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against eight
people, including the MP. "Rithish Kumar and five others have been
arrested. We are searching for two more men in connection with the
violence in the village that took place on Monday night," the officer
The incident took place in Peechankuri, the native village of DMK
minister Suba Thangavelan, contesting from Thiruvadanai constituency
in Ramanathapuram district. Villagers said the area lacked basic
amenities, including good roads. They made repeated representations to
the minister, which were ignored.
But the roads were laid hurriedly on Monday, in time for Thangavelan's
campaign in the region. Irked by the fact that the roads had been laid
purely for the comfort of the minister, the villagers dug them up as a
mark of protest.
Rithish Kumar and his supporters, who were campaigning for the
minister, arrived on the scene and allegedly used abusive language.
They then hurled empty bottles and stones at them, say villagers.
Natarajan, one of the protesting villagers, was injured.
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