Chennai: Following a clash between his party’s cadres and that of the AIADMK, DMK MP from Ramanathapuram district, Ritheesh Kumar, was detained along with his five supporters by the police.
Cases under various sections of IPC, including criminal intimidation, prevention of atrocities against SC/ST people and obscene acts were charged against them in connection with the incident yesterday, police said.
All of them were remanded to judicial custody late last night and have been lodged at Madurai Central Prison early today, police said.
According to police, the DMK cadre was campaigning at Solanthur village for Minister Suba Thangavelan when the incident occurred. The DMK cadre tried to repair a damaged road to facilitate the entry of Thangavelan into Kalavakudi village to which AIADMK union secretary Anandh objected calling it a poll code violation.
This led to the clash between the two groups which attacked each other with stones and wooden logs. Soon, a police team arrived at the scene and stopped the brawl.
Though, Thangavelan resumed his campaign at Kalavakudi village after the brawl, a police posse was deployed at Solanthur village to maintain law and order situation.
Later as the news of the clash spread, DMK MP Ritheesh Kumar reached the spot with his supporters in more than 10 vehicles and reportedly hurled stones at the people gathered there.
One person sustained serious injuries in the stone pelting and was rushed to the government hospital in Ramanathpuram where he is undergoing treatment. Ritheesh Kumar then fled the spot with his supporters.
Later, Devipattinam police detained Ritheesh Kumar and his supporters after irked villagers thronged the Ramanathapuram-Tiruchy main road and staged a road roko for an hour.
The police have registered a case and further inquiry is on.