Assessment of loss in Ambur Violence Underway: State

Published: 18th August 2015 03:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2015 03:55 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The State government on Monday informed Madras High Court that it was in the process of assessing the damage caused to private and public properties during the recent violence in Ambur, triggered over the death of a Muslim youth in custody.

The clash followed the death of 26-year-old Shameel Ahmed, kept in ‘illegal’ detention and allegedly beaten up by the Pallikonda police, Vellore, in connection with a woman missing case.

On Friday, BJP leader H Raja filed a PIL seeking assessment of damage caused to properties and to recover it from the perpetrators of the violence.

Raja submitted that seven cases of assault, arson and damage have been registered against various groups of protesters. He sought the court to direct the Ambur police to invoke the provisions of Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act to assess the damage of private and public properties and recover them from the accused.

When the petition came up for hearing before the First Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice TS Sivgnanam, the State government informed the court that assessment of losses was on and the process would be completed in eight weeks.

Recording the government’s submissions, the bench disposed of the petition.

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