DMK attacks EC for withdrawal of security at Alagiri`s house

Tamil Nadu`s ruling DMK alleged the entire police security at the residence of Union Minister MK Alagiri in Madurai had been withdrawn on the orders of the Election Commission.

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 00:44 AM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu`s ruling DMK on Tuesday
alleged the entire police security at the residence of Union
Minister MK Alagiri in Madurai had been withdrawn on the
orders of the Election Commission and claimed security
guidelines for a Union Minister had been "blatantly violated".

Describing this as an "inhuman and atrocious action of
the Election Commission," the party in a release said Algiri
was not informed about it and sought to know the reason for
the sudden move.

It said ever since Alagiri, also the South Zone
organising secretary of DMK, became a Union Minister, both
entrances to his house were manned by police besides the
presence of Delta force and guard police personnel.

Suddenly this afternoon, the entire police force was
withdrawn on the orders of the Election Commission and higher
police officials, it alleged.

Consequently, Alagiri`s residence had been left without
security, it alleged claiming the norms for security of a
union minister had been "blatantly violated".

A Madurai report had earlier said additional security
provided at Alagiri`s residence under an arrangement with the
local police had been withdrawn and five police personnel,
including escort, were on duty at the premises.

Ever since the announcement of the assembly polls slated
for April 13, DMK has been critical of several decisions of
the Election Commmission.

Karunanidhi had questioned the long poll schedule and
accused the EC of transferring `honest` IPS and IAS officers
`unilaterally` based on complaints from AIADMK.

PTI