Police arrested six persons for pasting the posters of notorious criminal “Murder” Manikandan to celebrate his birthday at various places in the town here on Monday.
Police said five persons - Olive, David, Anand, John Paul and Javis - were held by Orleanpet police while another person, Anthuwan, was arrested by Odiansalai police.
They were booked under the Pondicherry Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act 2000 and were produced before the local court here.
One of the posters pasted at the Bussy Street read Enkalin thozhanukku Pirantha naal Vaazhthukkal (Birthday wishes to our dear friend). The police personnel had a hard time removing the posters pasted even at the temporary barricade at traffic junctions.
It’s a usual practice in Puducherry to paste huge banners and posters of prominent political personalities in most public places in celebration of birthdays or in connection with an event of importance.
These posters are put up by the followers of political personalities, at traffic junctions and roads, despite a High Court order against such displays. The civic authorities, who failed to act against violators, sprang into action after Manikandan’s posters dotted the town.
Sources said the arrest was intended to prevent them from glorifying a criminal involved in several cases including murder charges. “Murder” Mankandan is facing over five murder charges and was involved in extortion threats to business men. He allegedly plans the criminal activities by operating cell phones from jail and issues death threat to businessmen, who refuse to pay mamool. Mankandan was the mastermind behind an attack on a timber merchant, who refused to pay mamool and approached the police last year.
He was also one of the main accused in the murder of his rival and notorious rowdy, Jegan, who was killed allegedly by the associates of Manikanadan while being taken to the prison by police personnel after being produced in Puducherry court. Manikandan is currently lodged in Yanam jail.