Chennai: Defending the police firing at
Paramakudi in Ramanthapuram district in which three persons
were killed on Sunday Chief Minister Jayalalithaa blamed some
people for disrupting law and order "for their own political
"The protesters indulged in large-scale violence and
torched police vehicles. Police opened fire in self defense
and to protect public property as they threw petrol bombs,"
she said in a statement here.
Jayalalithaa said it was highly condemnable for such an
incident to have taken place, "disrupting law and order for
the political gains of some persons" and appealed that none
should indulge in violence.
She also announced Rs one lakh compensation from the
Chief Minister`s Relief Fund to the next of kin of those
Three protesters were killed today after police fired at
stone-pelting Dalit agitators following reports that their
leader John Pandian had been detained.
Jayalalithaa said Pandian was not permitted to enter
Ramanthapuram district to maintain law and order. When he
defied the police order and tried to enter Paramakudi, he was
arrested, she said.