Pondy Minister says he received threat to life
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:01
  
Puducherry: A minister and a legislator told Puducherry Assembly on Wednesday that they had received threats to their lives, prompting Chief Minister V Vaithilingam to assure stringent action against persons involved.

After Opposition leader A M H Nazeem (DMK) raised the issue, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy admitted he had been facing such threats for some time. Even yesterday some of his followers informed him that a group of persons was planning to eliminate him.

Stating that he did not want to disclose names of those who gave him the information as they would face problem, the minister said he had immediately passed it on to the Director General of Police.

As members cutting across party lines expressed concern over the threat, government Whip P Angalane (Congress) also disclosed he too had received four letters of threat during the last few days and he had handed them over to the DGP.

In his intervention, Vaithilingam assured that the government would never be slack in taking stringent action against culprits posing threat to ministers, elected representatives and the public at large.

Opposition AIADMK and other members said if a minister’s life was under threat one was left wondering as to what would happen to common man in Puducherry.

Home Minister E Valsaraj, on a direction from Speaker R Radhakrishnan, said he came to know about the threat to Kandasamy's life just an hour before the assembly session began today.

Valsaraj said he would immediately convene a high level meeting of officials and assured the House that none would go scot free. A detailed investigation would be made to identify the persons planning to do away with Kandasamy.

The Speaker also expressed his dismay as to why there was delay in providing security to Angalane although he had made representations to the police.

Most of the members also said steps should be expedited for implementation of the Goondas Act Bill, passed in the last session to deal with hardcore criminals and wanted setting up of jammers in the jail premises, saying inmates of the prison were behind the evil designs.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 19:01


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