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Updated: August 14, 2012 02:28 IST

Karunanidhi targets Chennai police over TESO security

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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi. File photo: K. Pichumani
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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi. File photo: K. Pichumani

The DMK chief said the lack of security was "highly regrettable and condemnable", in light of the High Court’s direction to the City Police Commissioner to take steps to ensure that the meet was held in a peaceful manner.  

DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday strongly criticised the police for its “failure” to provide security to the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) conference.

“There was not a single policeman in the venue of the conference on the grounds of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Royapettah or outside, though the conference was attended by various national leaders, foreign delegates and thousands of participants,” he said. The only security arrangements at the conference were for those leaders who were covered under ‘Z’ grade security.

Mr. Karunanidhi said the lack of security was “highly regrettable and condemnable”, in light of the High Court’s direction to the City Police Commissioner to take steps to ensure that the meet was held in a peaceful manner.  

The DMK leader said participants of the conference, especially foreign delegates were shocked and surprised by the absence of police force in the conference venue and outside.

“Parties may come to power and go. But officials remain permanent. It will not augur well for the democracy if the police functions with the motto that the wish of the ruling party is their command,” Mr. Karunanidhi said. 

The DMK chief insisted that the blame lay with the ruling party. “Those who tried to make use of a ruling party man to obtain a stay against the TESO conference had to bite the dust. The people of Tamil Nadu have fully understood that those who tried to shift the blame on police could not succeed in their attempt,” he said. 

Mr. Karunanidhi said the TESO conference had put paid to the hopes of those who believed that leaders from North India and foreign representatives would not participate in the conference. 

He said the event was a huge success despite the anti-Tamil attitude of the AIADMK government and thanked the Judges of the Madras High Court for granting permission to the conference, the party workers for their contribution and the media for their coverage of the event.

Police acting at the behest of ruling party is nothing new, they always acted as stooges of the ruling clique, offcourse its sick and shameful of our IPS Service men, that, after all their efforts and hardwork in studying finally they end up as crooks who carry umbrellas and wipe seats for uneducated and undereducated politicians, what a fate, don't you think a lesser man in the society is living a more dignified life?

from:  xaviersurender
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 11:25 IST

What was the need for police force at the venue, when the organizers had assured the court that the meet will be held without jeopardizing the tranquility in the surrounding areas? Mr Karunanidhi, instead of blaming police for not providing security to the delegates, who attended the meet, should, in fact, pat the organizers on their back, for having successfully conducted the meet without any police force

Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 09:43 IST

Can he and his team not see the absence of Police in Uniform as a
strength of the Party. It only shows that people thronging the venue
were no less than violent elements themselves and capable enough of
taking care of themselves without the Police.

Hats off to the Police chief for this intelligent decision

from:  B S Mani
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 08:54 IST

i do not think the conference served any useful purpose except for some publicity to DMK!that too not positive!people have woken up and questioning what these people have done so far being in power at center!security to all the vips ,is a waste and z category itself being questioned as drain on public funds!!??

from:  G.K. Natarajan
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 02:55 IST

yes, as it is pointed by ex Chief Minister, Police should be neutral.
Party in power may come and go.

from:  S.Kalyanasundaram
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 20:40 IST

If there had been police there,then this man would say " the govt is trying to suppress by using police".

from:  Simhan
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 17:17 IST
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