TIRUVARUR/THANJAVUR: Twenty persons were arrested for allegedly obstructing I-T officials from carrying out their duty as searches by the central agency continued on Friday. I-T officials on Thursday descended in 14 places in Mannargudi. Of this, 12 places belonged either to V Dhivakaran or his supporters, relatives and two belonged to the supporters of Food Minister R Kamaraj. While the raids in the two houses of Dhivakaran the arts college and the house of Vinayakam remained inconclusive, the search in the house of S Kamaraj, appointed district secretary by Dinakaran, could not be taken up as Kamaraj was out of town. Hence on second day the searches were conducted on five premises in Mannargudi.
When the I-T team arrived at the Sengamalathayar Edutcational Trust Women’s arts college, owned by Dhivakaran, his supporters demanded that police check the officials’ car before allowing them inside the campus. The police obliged. Even as supporters were arguing with police, a car with I-T officials tried to enter the college and was stopped by Dhivakaran’s supporters. Following this an altercation broke out between police personnel and the group. The police arrested 20 persons following which officials entered the college. The search continued till evening.
In Thanjavur, of the seven premises where raids were conducted, the search was completed in five places on Thursday night. In TV Thangamani’s house it ended in the wee hours of Friday morning. The search in the houses of Sasikala’s nephew TV Mahadevan (since deceased), and Rajeswaran, the state Joint secretary of Amma Peravai continued for the second day on Friday.