CHENNAI: A former DMK MLA was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of attempt to murder, after he allegedly opened fire at his family members following a quarrel in Foreshore Estate on Sunday night.
According to sources, A Asokan, a two-time legislator from Tiruvarur Assembly constituency, brandished his licensed .22 revolver at two of his women family members late on Sunday night. The women took refuge in the house of another politician in the neighbourhood and lodged a complaint at the Foreshore Estate Police Station which is in the vicinity. Based on their complaint, a case of attempt to murder was registered against Asokan.
While the women alleged that he had opened two rounds of fire and they ducked to avoid being hit by the bullets, police claimed that Asokan had only brandished the weapon.
Asokan was first elected from Tiruvarur Assembly constituency in 1996 and was returned to the Assembly from the seat in 2001, representing DMK on both occasions. After he was denied a party ticket in 2006, he joined the AIADMK.