Wednesday, November 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Violent behaviour of mob led to Paramakudi firing, says IGP

MADURAI, November 16, 2011
Violent behaviour of mob led to Paramakudi firing, says IGP
Staff Reporter

He files counter affidavit to PIL plea by Thirumavalavan

The police firing incident at Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district
that led to the death of six Dalits on September 11 was the result of
violent behaviour of an unruly mob, which burnt down 10 government
vehicles, damaged 13 more, assaulted 104 police personnel and attacked
several houses and shops, according to P. Rajesh Das (48), Inspector
General of Police (South Zone).

Filing a counter affidavit to a public interest litigation petition by
Thol Thirumavalavan, president of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi
and Member of Parliament, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) probe into the incident, Mr. Das stated that hundreds of
innocent persons would have lost their lives if the police had not
opened fire.

Pointing out that it was not the police but the Executive Magistrate
who ordered the firing, the IG said there was no other option as all
other methods — conciliatory talks, warnings, air shots, lathi charge,
tear gas and air block buck shots — had failed to disburse the mob.

Stating that Mr. Thirumavalavan was always fighting for good causes of
Dalits, the IG said that the present case alone was "filed with lot of
incorrect and suppressed facts". The averments in the affidavit filed
in support of the writ petition were in the nature of aggravating
everlasting communal rivalry between Thevars and Dalits. It is not
intended to bring about communal harmony between them."

"Unfortunately, the writ petitioner has given the go-by to all settled
principles of law to be followed in the matter of filing a public
interest litigation petition and has chosen to file the present writ
petition as a member of his community forgetting that he is a lawyer,
a leader of a popular political party and an MP. As an advocate and MP
he has to play a neutral role."

Denying the allegation that he and K.A. Senthilvelan, Deputy
Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Chennai, who was deputed to
Paramakudi on September 11, were acting against the interest of
Dalits, the IG said that they had served in sensitive areas in
southern districts for several years, faced the worst of caste clashes
and handled them with care and caution.

"The averments put forth by the writ petitioner in his affidavit are
not only one sided and politically motivated but also suffer from
suppression of material facts… The petitioner can place all his
grievances before the commission (constituted by the State Government
under the chairmanship of retired Madras High Court judge K. Sampath)
and even suggest for remedial measures to curb the caste clashes
taking place in southern districts as a strong and principle oriented
leader of a political party.


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