The Paataali Makkal Katchi (PMK) is yet to take a decision on boycotting the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections. This was disclosed by former Union Minister and senior leader of the party Dr R Anbumani. He was here on Thursday to meet party cadre who had been detained under the Goondas Act and the National Security Act, at the Vellore Central Prison for men.
Accompanied by party president G K Mani, former Union Ministers A K Moorthy, R Velu, N T Shanmugham, MLAs Kalaiarasu, Ganeshkumar and other party functionaries, Anbumani said he was meeting cadre who had been imprisoned across the State, to provide moral support besides comforting their family.
“As many as 120 persons have been imprisoned including 37 in Vellore,” he said adding, “they are victims of false implications.” He said his party would challenge the cases legally.
Anbumani said J Guru who has been detained at Chennai was ill and required treatment which was not being extended by the State government.
“I met him at the prison and found that one of his hands had become numb due to a spinal problem, and his leg was also affected. No medical facility was extended to him. We condemn this,” he said.
When asked about the compensation being demanded by the State for the damage caused by the PMK, he said, “When they did it in Dharmapuri by burning the bus, they never paid damages.” Let the court decide about the damages.