WATCH | Chennai cops detain activist Thirumurugan Gandhi minutes after court sets him free

Thirumurugan Gandhi was again rounded up by the cops on Friday and taken forcibly in a car as he was walking out of the office of the Joint Commissioner of Police.

Published: 10th August 2018 06:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th August 2018 11:52 PM   |  A+A-

Thirumurugan Gandhi

Activist Thirumurugan Gandhi (Photo | May 17 Facebook)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Just hours after a court here pulled up the city police for arresting activist Thirumurugan Gandhi on frivolous grounds, he was again rounded up by the cops on Friday and taken forcibly in a car as he was walking out of the office of the Joint Commissioner of Police. Gandhi was released by the police in the evening after a magistrate court refused to remand him since the court found the sedition charges slapped against the activist were baseless.

But as Gandhi had hardly walked a few metres on the Pantheon Road from the office a group of policemen suddenly surrounded Gandhi and asked him again to come with them. As he refused and demanded the police to show arrest warrant, he was forcibly taken into a vehicle by the police. Later, a police officer said they have to picked up again Gandhi since they want to interrogate him in a 2017 case of "unlawful protest" that was pending in the Royapettah police station.

Gandhi was initially arrested on Thursday early hours as he landed in the Bengaluru airport from Geneva. He had addressed the United Nations Humans Right Council (UNHRC) there last month about the Thoothukudi police firing on anti-sterlite protestors. The Chennai police booked him sedition charges since the video of his speech at the council, uploaded in social media, is "instigating hatred among the people."

When Gandhi was produced by the city police before magistrate S Prakash on Friday, the police faced tough questions from the judge on why the activist was arrested for a video that was uploaded by the UNHRC.

Sources said the magistrate Prakash asked the police to list the incidents of violence that broke out after the video was uploaded. Also, the judge pointed out that the video was not uploaded by Gandhi in the first place. It was uploaded by the UNHRC. Since the speech was delivered at UN forum where India is also a representative, Thirumurugan cannot be held responsible for it as the videos were uploaded by the UNHRC, the court pointed out.

The complaint against Gandhi was filed by Haja Amir Hussain of the AIADMK's IT wing, last month days after the video of Gandhi's speech uploaded in the internet.

Thirumurugan Gandhi also produced the documents, including the invitation for him to speak at the UNHRC and the recordings of what his speech. The court subsequently said it cannot remand Gandhi, but allowed police to have him in custody for 24 hours to interrogate him.

The police took him to the Joint Commissioner of Police office on Pantheon Road. He was let off by the police in the evening only to be again rounded up in a few minutes. "It was just a few minutes since Thirumurugan walked out of the police office when a team of policemen rushed and again detained him. Despite, asking for an arrest warrant, the police did not pay heed and took him again in a car," said Praveen Kumar, Coordinator  of May 17 movement.

A senior police officer said Gandhi was picked up for interrogation in a 2017 pending case for staging a protest at Royapettah without police permission.

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  • Ravi

    Medias has the responsibility to save Thirumurugan Gandhi from this crony government. Thanks.
    5 months ago reply
  • P Natarajan

    This AIDMK Government Is Anti People, running government on police force.We are ashamed of this government. I support Thirumurugan Ghanthi.
    5 months ago reply
    • Rajesh

      Daniel alias Thirumurgan Gandhi should be behind the bars for his provoking speech that creates hatred amongst various communities and his focus on pulling back the development of TN. He is an anti social element and few say that he went to UNHRC etc. I don't know what the fuck he did there... When asked for proof
      3 months ago reply
  • Srinivasan Raghunathan

    This fellow (Thirumurugan Gandhi) has made several racially provoking speeches in the past. Everything available in YouTube. It's enough for the police to build a strong against this deceptive wolf in a sheep's clothes. He is a dangerous fellow and somehow creating a sympathy like an activist with his May 17 movement. Jayalalitha is a right politicians to treat these kind of troublemakers.
    5 months ago reply
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