Security restored at Alagiri`s house in Tamil Nadu

Additional security was Friday "restored" at the house of Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M K Alagiri, a day after the DMK strongly protested the withdrawal of police personnel.

Madurai: Additional security was Friday
"restored" at the house of Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M K Alagiri, a day after the DMK strongly protested the withdrawal of police personnel.

Armed police personnel are guarding the house, police
officials said.

Additional security provided by city police under a
local arrangement was withdrawn yesterday, triggering strong
reaction from ruling DMK and Alagiri, son of Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi.

Police had earlier said they had pruned security
arrangements as per norms fixed for a Union Minister.

Reacting strongly to downscaling of the security,
Alagiri told reporters last night that "The motive for pruning
the security, when I was away in an intensive election
campaign, particularly without any prior notice, was to
sabotage the electioneering.

"...If anything happens to me or my family or property
then the Election Commission of India, District Election
Officer and Police Commissioner will be held responsible," he
said.

Police Commissioner P.Kannappan had sent a van to
withdraw all the policemen immediately, he alleged.

"What is the need for such urgency? The Commissioner had intimidated the policemen that they would be suspended if they did not obey his orders. This is a blatant misuse of power," Alagiri said.
He alleged that police was intercepting his vehicles
frequently and "harassing" him with the checking and said he
had sent telegrams to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister
and others in this regard.

Alagiri also criticised the Madurai District Collector
U Sahayam for allegedly stating that it was natural for people
to look for a change during elections.

The ruling DMK had alleged that the entire police
security at the residence of Alagiri had been withdrawn on
Election Commission`s orders and claimed security guidelines
for a Union Minister had been "blatantly violated".
DMK has been critical of many decisions of the EC ever
since the announcement of assembly polls slated for April 13.

Karunanidhi had accused the EC of transferring IPS and
IAS officers `unilaterally` based on complaints from AIADMK.

Though the EC did not issue any order to withdraw the
extra force, local police was apprehensive that the
arrangement could be questioned at some point of time later as
scores of police personnel had been deployed on security duty
near Alagiri`s house, an official of the Intelligence Bureau
had said.

PTI

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