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Land grabbing: Another ex-DMK minister arrested

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 15:33

Chennai: Senior DMK leader and former Tamil
Nadu Minister K Ponmudi was today arrested in a land grabbing

Ponmudi, former higher education minister, was arrested
from his native Villupuram, 160 km from here, police said.

He is the fourth former minister after Veerapandi S
Arumugam (Salem), K N Nehru (Tiruchirappalli) and N K K P Raja
(Erode) to be arrested on land grabbing charges in the
crackdown launched by the Jayalalithaa Government on land

Besides these four, several other DMK functionaries
including MLAs J Anbazhagan (Chepauk) and Soundarapandian
(Lalgudi) and some close associates of Union Minister M K
Alagiri have been arrested by the police in the past three
months, an action dubbed as political vendetta by the
opposition party.

Jayalalithaa had recently announced that her government
had returned over Rs 400 crore worth land to its rightful
owners since it came to power three months ago.


First Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 15:17
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