TIRUVANNAMALAI / VELLORE: Sri Lankan Tamil Chenthuran (alias) Murugan (32), who was observing a fast-unto-death demanding the government to hand him and his family over to the United Nations instead of deporting them to Sri Lanka, was arrested by the Cheyyar police on Thursday evening and was shifted to Puzhal Prison in Chennai.
Sources said a team of police personnel, led by the DSP of Cheyyar Ravichandran, arrested Chenthuran from the special camp in Cheyyar around 5 pm on Wednesday. “A case has been registered against him under section 309 of IPC (attempt to commit suicide) in Cheyyar town station. He has been taken to the Judicial Magistrate Court in the town,” said a police official.
“Though the doctors checked Chenthuran and said that he is healthy, police arrested him, saying he is trying to end his life by not consuming food. The police can arrest him only if he refuses to drink water during the fast, but he is drinking water. The arrest is illegal,” said a source in the camp.