Chennai: A BJP team which visited
Paramakudi, the scene of the September 11 police firing in
which seven persons were killed, today said the incident was a
result of "police excesses" and could have been avoided.
The team, which included BJP national spokesperson
Nirmala Seetharaman and Lok Sabha MPs Arjun Ram Meghwal and
Kirit Solanki, condemned the firing and claimed that even
after the incident people were targeted by police during the
"We condemn the incident. Police action was not
desirable. Knowing pretty well that it (Dalit leader Immanuel
Sekaran`s death anniversary) is an annual event, police should
have made proper arrangements," Meghwal told reporters here.
Alleging "complete mismanagement" on part of the police,
Meghwal, citing his interaction with the people, alleged that
the force did not use other measures such as lobbing teargas,
using lathicharge or warning the people before firing on them.
"This is a clear-cut case of police excesses which could
have been avoided," he said, adding that Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa should visit the area where the firing
Meghwal also claimed that the team`s request to meet the
Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and DGP were turned down.
Seven persons were killed on September 11 when police
fired on rampaging crowds -- mostly Dalits -- which set ablaze
vehicles and blocked traffic following the arrest of Dalit
leader John Pandian at Vallanadu in Tuticorin district.