TIRUPUR: The events at Samalapuram on Tuesday redefined the public’s outrage against the growing menace of the liquor shops.
“A police personal beat me on my leg with a lathi. I caught hold of it when he attempted to beat me again. I, along with other women, started arguing with the police about the assault later. Additional Superintendent of Police Pandiarajan, who was present at the spot, was infuriated by the incident and slapped me,” said Eswari (45), a daily wage labourer and mother of two, who had participated in the protest.
Unfazed, she joined the hunger strike that began after the police assault on Tuesday evening and continued to protest even on Wednesday.
Eswari was among those who demanded a written assurance from Sulur MLA R Kanagaraj to shut down the liquor outlet. Not surprisingly, police on Wednesday arrested 27 people, who are on a hunger strike over the police assault.
Those arrested were booked under sections 144 (unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 294(b) (uttering abusive language), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of IPC and the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of damage and loss) Act.
Despite that, more than hundred people continued the hunger strike at a private building, seeking compensation for those who were assaulted.
Meanwhile, BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan visited Samalapuram on Wednesday and consoled the victims and condemned the use of force against women.