Tiruvarur APRO picked up by police for enquiry

In yet another development two fresh complaints were registered by the Keelavalavu police against PRP Granite and Exports.

Madurai district police said in Madurai on Sunday that based on a complaint from PWD (water resources organisation) assistant engineer Sridharan, the Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan directed the police to register a case.

According to the complainant, PRP Granite and Exports partner Palanichamy and others had allegedly destroyed agricultural tanks covering different survey numbers in the Keelavalavu region to benefit their businesses.

The granite quarry workers had allegedly levelled the PWD tank with red sand and debris to store the granite stones mined from the adjacent quarries.

This had not only resulted in blocking waterways, but also prevented farmers from carrying out their farming activities. A total of Rs. 21 lakh has been estimated as loss to the government due to the encroachment.

Similarly, based on a complaint from the Muslim Jamaath leader, the police registered a case against the granite baron.

The complaint was that granite quarry operator Palanichamy had not only encroached into their land in Veppangudi tank, but had alleged forced them to part with the land for paltry sums. The complainant had claimed that the loss was around Rs. 50 lakh due to the encroachment and trespass into their properties falling under various survey numbers.

Cases under IPC Sections 447, 506 (1) and 3 (1) of TNPPDL Act was registered in Keelavalavu police station.

Tracing Durai Dayanidhi

A special team of the Madurai district police picked up the Assistant Public Relations Officer Maheswaran, presently working in Tiruvarur district collectorate, for examining him in connection, with the whereabouts of Durai Dayanidhi, son of Union Minister M.K. Alagiri, who is figuring in the multi-crore granite scam.

According to highly placed sources, Maheswaran joined as the APRO in Madurai district collectorate during the fag end of the DMK regime. He was said to be a close friend of the Union Minister’s son. After the elections, when the AIADMK assumed power, in the shuffling, the APRO was posted to Tiruvarur district.

A senior police officer who is monitoring the investigations said that the police had information that the APRO was in the know of Durai Dayanidhi’s movements.

He was also considered to be having a fair idea about the businesses and other interests of the politician’s son.

When contacted, Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan said that interrogation of the official is underway by a team of officers.

Land broker held

Meanwhile, police teams investigating into the granite scam on Saturday arrested Thulasiraman (53), son of Karupanan Ambalam, of Elangi Yendal, Pudu Thamaraipatti, near here.

The accused is said to be one of the land brokers who identified properties for the PRP Granite and Exports and clinched the business deals.

The Othakadai police have registered a case and further investigation is on.

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