BSP’s TN unit chief sent to judicial custody till May 12

A city court on Monday remanded till May 12 BSP`s Tamil Nadu unit President K Armstrong who was arrested in connection with the 2008 violence in law college campus here involving two groups of students.

Last Updated: May 02, 2011, 18:33 PM IST

Chennai: A city court on Monday remanded till
May 12 BSP`s Tamil Nadu unit President K Armstrong who was
arrested in connection with the 2008 violence in law college
campus here involving two groups of students.

Armstrong, who had contested against Deputy Chief Minister
M K Stalin from Kolathur constituency in the April 13 Tamil
Nadu assembly polls, was arrested from a hotel in Chennai
yesterday.

His arrest came in the wake of the Supreme Court directing
Tamil Nadu DGP to file an affidavit explaining why the accused
named as "absconding" in the charge sheet filed in connection
with the clash at Dr Ambedkar Law College in November 2008
were not arrested.

Many students were injured in the bloody violence in
November, 2008 with police being charged with remaining mute
spectators.
While Armstrong was being produced today before the seventh
Metorpolitan Magistrate P Shanthi for remand, his counsel
stoutly opposed it, contending he had not been arrested
yesterday but only detained by the police.

They also claimed that Armstrong was not named as an
accused in the law college clash case, adding the State
Government had made "false information" to the Surpreme Court
that he was absconding.

PTI