Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S.Ramadoss and party president G.K.Mani have called for a CB CID inquiry into the violent incidents that broke out at Marakkanam on Thursday. They have also sought the institution of a commission of enquiry headed by a sitting judge of the Madras High Court to bring out the truth about the real instigators of the unruly scenes.
A major clash broke out at Marakkanam among those proceeding to attend the Chithra Pournami Youth Peruvizh, organized by the Vanniayar Sangham/Pattali Makkal Katchi at Mamallapuram on Thursday following which half a dozen tenements, buses and shops were torched. Two persons died in road accidents and many suffered injuries.
Addressing a press conference at Thailapuram on Saturday the PMK leaders said that for conducting a fair and unbiased investigation the CB CID team that would go into the issue should be constituted with non-Vanniyar and non-Dalit members. They charged the police with acting in a partisan manner
Dr Ramadoss wondered why violence should break out only at Katayan Theru, a Dalit colony off the ECR at Marakkanam, when Dalit habitations abound in other places in the State through which the party men passed through. The same group that killed 10 innocent persons who were returning from the Thevar Guru puja had indulged in violence at Marakkanam.
He said would not buy the theory that P.Selvaraj of Ariyalur and S.Vivek of Thanjavur who were on their way to Mamallapuram were killed in road accidents. He asserted that it was cold-blooded murder but the culprits were allowed to go scot free, whereas the police had filed cases against 1,512 unidentified PMK men on seven counts, including the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. He urged the authorities to bring to book those who committed the “double murder” and he would lead a demonstration at Villupuram on April 30.
Dr Ramadoss said that arson and looting took place at Marakkanam on the line already planned by the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader. Having developed a taste for getting government compensation (as in the case of Dharmapuri episode in which a compensation of Rs 7.5 crore was disbursed), they enacted a similar drama at Marakkanam, Dr Ramadoss said.
The State government has abruptly withdrawn the security provided to Pattali Makkal Katchi fonuder S.Ramadoss. The armed personnel deployed for proximity security as well as at the Thailapuram residence were asked to abandon their posts and report to their respective headquarters on Thursday night.