Stalin escapes attempt on life; man carrying knife escapes

Tamil Nadu Minister and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi``s son M K Stalin today escaped an attempt on his life when an unidentified person attempted to stab him with a knife at a railway station here this morning.

Madurai, June 13: Tamil Nadu Minister and Chief
Minister M Karunanidhi`s son M K Stalin today escaped an
attempt on his life when an unidentified person attempted to
stab him with a knife at a railway station here this morning.

According to police, the person dropped his weapon as the
CRPF constable Suresh Pande, escorting the minister, tried to
grab it and managed to escape. The constable suffered an
injury in the tip of his finger.

Stalin was walking through a huge crowd that had gathered
to receive him when the CRPF constable saw a man pointing the
knife towards the minister and immediately bent down. As the
CRPF man did not know Tamil, he could not communicate what
exactly happened, police said.

They said the weapon used by the culprit has been seized
and an attempt to murder case under IPC has been registered on
a complaint given by the CRPF constable.

Police said no one has been arrested till late this
evening in connection with the incident though many persons
in the crowd were being questioned. The police video recording
of the reception given to the minister is also being played to
identify the culprit.

Police said there were three assistant police
commissioners besides special branch and intelligence wing
officials when the incident took place.

Stalin said as he was walking through the crowd, he felt
some one was pulling his shirt. "I thought some DMK volunteer
was pulling the shirt to come closer to me. Then I was told
that the culprit was having a knife and a constable who was
escorting was injured as he attempted to grab the knife".

He said he did not know what was the attacker`s motive.

Asked if the incident had rattled him he said, "I have
come to public life, I am not afraid of death".

Massive hunt on; graphic picture generated

Meanwhile, a graphic picture of the man who
attempted to stab Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s
son and Local Administration Minister M K Stalin has been drawn up with the help of computer based on
descriptions given by eyewitnesses and a massive hunt launched
to nab him.

Investigation of some of the people surrounding the
minister also led the police to conclude that the man was
hiding the knife with the aim of attacking Stalin under the
pretext of shaking hands with him, a top police official said.

The motive for the attempt was also under investigation.
"The age of the man is roughly 50," the official told mediapersons.

CRPF announces cash reward for jawan who saved Stalin

CRPF has announced a cash
reward of Rs 10,000 to Head Constable Suresh Kumar, who
stopped a knife-wielding man from coming close to Tamil Nadu
Minister M K Stalin at the Madurai Railway Station.

Announcing the reward, CRPF Director General J K Sinha
complimented the alertness and timely action of Kumar and said
his presence of mind has helped averting an untoward situation
from happening.

Bureau Report