Friday, April 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] DMK MP arrested for assaulting Dalit granted bail

DMK MP arrested for assaulting Dalit granted bail
Press Trust Of India
Posted on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:42pm IST

Ramanathapuram: DMK MP J K Ritheesh, who was arrested for allegedly
assaulting a Dalit and others during a clash at Kalavankudi near
Sholandur in the district, was granted conditional bail today by the
District and Sessions court. Judge Balasundaram asked the
Ramanathapuram MP, who was arrested along with five others on Monday,
to stay in Madurai and sign at the Tallakulam police station daily. He
has also been instructed not to enter Ramanathapuram district.

Ten persons were injured and one seriously injured in the clash that
broke out between Ritheesh's supporters and local people when
Panchayat officials were making arrangements to lay a road at
Kavalankudi. The villagers opposed it stating that the work, a long
pending demand, had been taken up only because of the April 13
assembly elections.

Meanwhile, former AIADMK minister V T Natararajan joined the public
and questioned the officials about the timing of the work and alleged
it was initiated only because of the elections, leading to the clash,
police said.

DMK MP arrested for assaulting Dalit granted bail

Ritheesh, who arrived the scene with his supporters, allegedly
attacked Narayanan,a local resident and other AIADMK men with stones
and sticks, police said. Police had registered cases against Ritheesh
under various sections of the IPC including criminal intimidation,
committing atrocities against SC/ST people and using obscene words in
a public place.

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