Assault on poll official: Alagiri, partymen booked

Union minister and senior DMK leader MK Alagiri along with 52 other partymen has been booked by police in connection with the alleged assault of an election official and a videographer at a village in the district.

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 00:02 AM IST

Madurai: Union minister and senior DMK
leader MK Alagiri along with 52 other partymen has been
booked by police in connection with the alleged assault of an
election official and a videographer at a village in the
district.

Tahsildar M Kalimuthu, who is the Assistant Returning
Officer for Melur Assembly segment, and a videographer, part
of a flying squad, were allegedly assaulted by DMK activists
when they videographed Alagiri`s visit to a temple in
Keelavalavu in Melur taluk yesterday, police said.

A case was registered against Alagiri, son of Chief
Minister M Karunanidhi, Melur Union Secretary Raghupathy,
Madurai Deputy Mayor PM Mannan and 50 others for offences
under the IPC including unlawful assembly, waylaying and
assaulting government servant and violating prohibitory
orders.

The case was registered last night on a complaint from
the tahsildhar.

Earlier, about 300 revenue department officials staged
a dharna here demanding the arrest of Mannan, Raghupathy and
another person for allegedly roughing up the official and the
videographer.

As the incident took place in the presence of the
Union minister, he should also be inquired in the case, Tamil
Nadu Revenue Officials Association district president
Sadhasivam and state vice-president Gnana Gunalan said.

Alagiri, the DMK South Zone organising secretary, had
gone to the temple where the flying squad too arrived and
started videographing his visit.

Annoyed at this, the DMK men allegedly roughed up the
videographer and the thasildar besides threatening and forcing
them to leave the area. As the situation turned tense, police
personnel escorted the squad out of the temple, police said.

The revenue officials association also demanded proper
protection for the officials on election and threatened to
boycott the work if the accused were not arrested.

Kalimuthu had gone to the spot as per the Election
Commission directive. "We only did our duty. But DMK
functionaries intimidated us, abused and roughed up," he said.

PTI