Chennai: Taking on the DMK, Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday said the Special Police Cells
set up in each district would go into the charges of land
grabbing during the previous regime and take prompt action to
return the land to the rightful owners.
"The special cell will go into the complaints of land
grabbing during the DMK regime in 2006 to 2011 and take action
against those involved under various sections of law," she
said in a statement.
Such a move would bring the wrong doers before the law
and return the land to the rightful owners, Jayalalithaa said,
adding that the AIADMK in its election manifesto had vowed to
take strong action against powerful DMK men who were involved
in land grabbing.
Alleging that the previous regime did not take any step
in this regard though there were complaints, she said police
had received as many as 1,449 land grabbing complaints from
the public as on July 1 this year.
Jayalalithaa said that the special cells had been set up
as complaints were pouring and it was difficult for police
stations to go into all those complaints.
Since coming to power in May after a landslide victory in
the assembly polls, the Jayalalithaa government has ordered a
statewide crackdown on landgrabbing, with a significant number
of local DMK functionaries facing the heat.
DMK President Karunanidhi has slammed the crackdown,
claiming that false cases were being foisted against his
partymen by the Jayalalithaa government to create a "panic
situation" among them.