CHENNAI:A car parked outside the house of R K Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran at Besant Nagar here went up in flames on Sunday afternoon. Two men working for Dhinakaran are said to have suffered minor injuries.
The car’s owner ‘Bullet’ Parimalam, was also injured. A senior police officer said Parimalam was a functionary of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, founded by Dhinakaran, until recently.
On Sunday afternoon, Parimalam, had come in the car, along with his driver Subbiah, to Dhinakaran’s house reportedly to ask him why he had been expelled from the party. After a few minutes, Parimalam came out and allegedly poured petrol on the posters outside the house and set them on fire. The flames spread to the car also, source said.
“Investigation revealed that Parimalam, who was Kancheepuram town secretary, had recently been expelled from the party after he was said to have spent over `50 lakh for printing party posters,” a police officer told Express.
Police initially suspected petrol bombs to have been hurled, but later investigation revealed that Parimalam had allegedly started the fire himself. Dhinkaran’s photographer Darwin and driver Pandian who tried to stop Parimalam sustained minor injures when the car caught fire. The other party members caught Subbiah. Parimalam who sustained 40 per cent burns is undergoing treatment.