TN: DMK leader Stalin courts arrest, released

DMK leader MK Stalin and scores of his supporters on Monday courted arrest while protesting against the “foisting” of land grabbing cases on party workers by the ruling AIADMK.

Last Updated: Aug 01, 2011, 14:42 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: DMK leader MK Stalin and scores of his supporters on Monday courted arrest while protesting against the “foisting” of land grabbing cases on party workers by the ruling AIADMK.

Stalin, former deputy chief minister and son of DMK president M Karunanidhi, was arrested for staging protest in defiance of prohibitory orders, police said. However, Stalin and all DMK party workers were later released by the police with a warning.
Ahead of his arrest, the DMK treasurer alleged a "political vendetta" on part of the AIADMK government for the land grab cases filed against his party workers.

Making the political situation in Tamil Nadu complex, demonstrations and protests were also held across the state with DMK supporters taking to streets to register their anger.

With the Jayalalithaa government ordering a crackdown on land grabbing, DMK men have been facing the heat with several of its local party functionaries coming under the police net.
AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had promised voters during the Assembly polls that she would take action against land grabbing during the DMK rule.

A special cell has been formed by the police to exclusively deal with land grabbing cases. DMK senior leader Veerapandi S Arumugam, Chepauk constituency MLA J Anbazhagan and close aides of Union Minister M K Alagiri, are all in prison.

M Karunanidhi has been insisting that the Jayalalithaa-led government had unleashed "vendetta politics," against DMK.

More than 5,000 DMK workers including former minister M Palachisamy and M P Saminathan were held at Coimbatore, Tiruvallur, Tiruppur and Cuddalore.

With PTI Inputs