AIADMK cannot `intimidate` DMK workers: Karuna

Many DMK leaders, including former ministers, have been arrested from various parts of Tamil Nadu on land grab complaints.

Chennai: Criticising the AIADMK government for detaining some of his partymen in alleged land grab cases, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday said, the ruling party`s intentions of running the state "on the basis of intimidation" would only result in "disappointment".

"If they (AIADMK) believe that they can give a go by to free thought, fearless exchange of thoughts, discussion and consultation and intend to rule in a dictatorial manner by maintaining a sense of tension, the rulers will only be left
with disappointment," the DMK patriarch wrote in party mouthpiece `Murasoli`.

He recalled the words of DMK founder and former Chief Minister C N Annadurai and said, "more the rope is twisted, it severs", hinting that the "intimidatory" tactics would not yield result.

Referring to the detention of some of the DMK men arrested under Goondas Act for alleged landgrab, such as former MLA Ranganathan, Karunanidhi said, that this provision was introduced by AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, when he was Chief Minister in 1982.

"Persons causing disturbance to law and order, those indulging in flesh trade, kidnap and illicit liquor can be detained under this and cannot seek bail immediately. They have to remain in prison for one year. In the first 100 days
of the AIADMK rule, 323 persons have been detained under Goondas Act," he said.

The 88-year-old leader alleged that the detention of so many persons under the Act must have been possible only if there was a sudden spurt in incidents of crime or that the Act must have been "misused" to make persons "obey" the rulers.

"Basically, Goondas Act is against human rights. Considerable thought should be given before imposing it. But one cannot understand how a provision that has to be imposed on hardened criminals can be done on these 15 persons (DMK
partymen). It even denies them the basic right of getting bail," the DMK chief said, adding that they were languishing in jail.

DMK workers, however, would not be "cowed down" by such tactics of the ruling AIADMK as they have overcome worse situations, he said.

Many DMK leaders, including former ministers, have been arrested from various parts of Tamil Nadu on land grab complaints, prompting Karunanidhi to lament that an `Emergency` like situation was prevailing in the state.


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