Tamil Nadu: Six police personnel, including two Assistant Commissioners,have been transferred or suspended for alleged delay in taking action in a case in which former DMK minister Veerapandi Arumugam and seven others have been arrested on various charges, including attempt to murder.
Besides Arumugam, police had arrested the seven on June 4 in connection with a case registered against him and 39 others for allegedly torching some huts put up on land "grabbed" by them at Angamaal colony here earlier.
While Assistant Commissioners (Intelligence section) Udayakumar and Assistant Commissioner (South) Gobi were transferred to Chennai, Inspector Anandan was transferred to Madurai and Sub-Inspector Devendran, Assistant Sub Inspector Paneerselvam and head constable Govindan were placed under suspension,Salem city police commissioner K C Mahali said.
As part of AIADMK Government`s crackdown on land grabbing, a case was registered against Arumugam and others for allegedly evicting residents of the colony in the heart of the city in 2008 and taking over the land. After the action, some of those evicted returned to the place and put up thatched huts and renamed it as Jayalalithaa Colony.
On June 3, eight huts in Angammal colony were set on fire by a gang, which threatened the residents and asked them to vacate the place immediately.