STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

TN police rejects charge of inaction on attacks on BJP leaders

Published: 26th July 2013 01:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2013 01:52 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Tamil Nadu police today rejected charges that it had failed to act on 'targeted' attacks on Hindu outfit leaders and BJP functionaries in the state, saying such statements are "misleading and contrary to the truth."

Refuting the charge levelled in the back drop of the July 19 murder of BJP state General Secretary V Ramesh in Salem, state DGP K Ramanujam said effective action, including detention of accused under the National Security Act or the Goondas Act, had been taken in such incidents.

In a statement, he listed out the cases starting from the 2011 instance of miscreants placing a pipe bomb in the yatra route of senior BJP leader L K Advani near Madurai and said in some cases, the motives were personal and that the accused belonged to the same religion that the victim belonged to.

Citing the murder of Ramesh and last month killing of Hindu Munnani leader Vellaiyappan in Vellore among others, Hindu organisations and some BJP leaders have said members of the Sangh parivar were being specifically targeted in the state.

Rejecting the charges, the DGP said effective action was being taken against any one attacking individuals irrespective of the motive, or causes harm to any organisation or tries to disturb communal harmony.

Recalling the 2011 incident involving Advani, he said a bomb placed under a culvert near Thirumangalam was unearthed and de-activated.

"In a case registered in this regard, seven accused have been arrested and remanded. One of them was arrested last month after persistent trailing for over two years. Efforts are on to track down the remaining three accused," he said.

He also pointed out that Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had constituted a Special Investigation Division to probe the murders of Ramesh and Vellaiyappan. The SID had announced cash rewards to the tune of Rs 20 lakh for information on four suspects in the case, he said.

 As for the murder of another BJP functionary, party's state medical wing secretary Dr Aravinda Reddy in Vellore last year, a total of seven persons were arrested and the motive was a dispute over money transaction, the DGP said.

A BJP general council member, Pugazhenthi, was murdered in Nagapattinam last year and five persons are in the police net, with one of them being detained under Gooandas Act.

This was a case of dispute over money transaction and land and the "the deceased was a person categorized as a Rowdy in view of his past activities," the DGP said.

In Coimbatore, RSS Taluk secretary Anandan was assaulted last November which was "retaliatory in nature," and the accused Syed Abudhagir had been arrested, he said.

Early this March, BJP functionary, 'Thengaikadai' Murugan, was murdered in Paramakudi over land dispute, and four men, Raja Mohammed, Manoharan, Rafique Raja and Shahul Hameed were arrested and all of them detained under NSA, he said adding a charge sheet had also been filed.

Similarly, ten persons, including Umar Farooq and Sadam Hussain, were arrested in connection with the petrol bomb attack on the residence of Arjun Sampath, leader of a small Hindu outfit, and six persons were detained under Goondas Act, Ramanujan said.

In fact, a case was registered against Hindu Munnani Udhagamandalam District secretary Manjunath for making objectionable speech at a public meeting for which he was attacked by five Muslim youth for "allegedly offending religious sentiments." The attackers have also been arrested and remanded to custody, the DGP said.

Similarly, accused have been arrested and some detained under NSA and Goondas Act for attacks on Hindu Munnani and BJP functionaries in Udhagamandalam, Nagercoil and Ramanathapuram, he said.

Quoting these, the DGP said that the state police has taken "proper steps" and arrested the accused in cases of assault on leaders of Hindu organisations. Police protection has been provided to persons and offices considered to face threat, he said.

"In the incidents listed above, some were due to personal motive. In some cases, the accused belonged to the same religion as the victim. Statements seeking to create an impression that a large number of targeted attacks have gone unchecked or undetected or that the police have failed to take action are misleading and contrary to the truth," he said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp