The Coimbatore City Police on Monday removed over 200 Marumalarchi Labour Front (MLF) members who tried to enter the Periyar Mavatta Panchalai Thozhilalar Sangham premises in Tatabad.

According to City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu, the police restrained the members, led by former MP C. Krishnan, from entering the building as there were two “independent” orders. The MLF members staged a demonstration to demand entry into the building.

The order in MLF members' possession did not say anything about the order the Labour Progressive Front had obtained earlier. The order the LPF had restrained the MLF members from entering the premises.

Mr. Babu said the MLF members' order did not touch upon the basic issue of who was authorised to enter the building.

MLF general secretary S. Duraisamy, however, said the members of the union had appealed to the police to implement the recent District Court judgment on the possession of the Kovai Periyar Mavatta Panchalai Thozhilalar Sangham building at Tatabad. As the court order was in favour of the MLF, the members of the union proposed to go to the Union building at Tatabad from the MLF office at Siddhapudur on Monday, he said.

The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) had recently filed a criminal case against the LPF office-bearers affiliated to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alleging that they had forged circulars and documents and usurped Kovai Periyar Mavatta Panchalai Thozhilalar Sangham building at Tatabad which was in the possession of MLF till March 27.

General Secretary of the MDMK, Vaiko, participated in a fast organised here on April 15 protesting against the LPF for taking possession of the building.

Mr. Duraisamy alleged the police had acted on the pressure from the ruling party, instead of implementing the court order.

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