TNCC Siege Leads to Street Fight - The New Indian Express

TNCC Siege Leads to Street Fight

Published: 27th February 2014 08:22 AM

Last Updated: 27th February 2014 08:22 AM

What was conceived by pro-Tamil outfits to be a day of protest demanding the release of the seven convicts of the Rajiv case convicts and justice for Sri Lankan Tamils, deteriorated into a free-for-all  to target the Congress. An attempt by one pro-Tamil group to ‘lay siege’ to the Congress office led to clashes, which took a toll on traffic along the busy Anna Salai.

The clashes broke out between Congress cadre and members of an outfit called Tamilar Munnetra Padai, soon after the high-tension protests by the Naam Tamilar Katchi. Tamil Munnetra Padai activists hurled stones into the premises of Sathyamurthy Bhavan, the headquarters of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee. The Congressmen present within the compound responded with stone-throwing of their own. This exchange of rocks and bricks across the compound wall brought traffic to a standstill on Thiru Vi Ka Salai, which is an integral part of the one-way system around Anna Salai.

Police personnel present at the spot had to lathicharge the crowd to disperse the clashing groups. In all, five persons were injured in the fracas. Not to be outdone, Congressmen prolonged the suffering of motorists by staging a protest on the middle of the roads, demanding the arrest of those who had attacked their office.

The unsavoury exchange had a lasting bearing on traffic congestion not only on Anna Salai, Thiru Vi Ka Salai and Whites Road, but to a whole host of arterial roads and bylanes leading to them. Police finally had to divert a bulk of the traffic through Kamarajar Salai.

Congress leaders for their part went on the offensive, with Union Shipping Minister GK Vasan blaming the police for not doing enough to stop the incident. TNCC president BS Gnanadesikan urged the government to act against the perpetrators of the violence. “The government cannot sit by and watch such a deterioration of law and order. We urge the government to immediately arrest those responsible for the violence,” he said.

The protests had been organised in response to the Congress-led Centre’s petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a review not only against the decision of the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release the seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts, but also the apex court’s ruling commuting the death sentences of three of them.

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