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Updated: January 26, 2014 00:51 IST

Veerapandi Arumugham statue unveiled

M. K. Ananth
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The bronze life size statue of former Minister and DMK District Secretary Veerapandi S. Arumugam. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
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The bronze life size statue of former Minister and DMK District Secretary Veerapandi S. Arumugam. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Treasurer M.K. Stalin unveiled the statue of late party leader and former Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugham here on Saturday evening. The High Court on Friday stayed the Salem Corporation notice that ordered the removal of the statue.

An element of suspense, however, prevailed in the morning with the City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali issuing a notice to the party that the statue could not be unveiled as the required police permission was not obtained. A revenue official wanted to hand over the notice to the DMK’s district secretary (in-charge), S.R. Sivalingam. After he refused to accept the notice, it was pasted at the entrance of the building. Agitated cadre tore up the notice.

Mr. Stalin was not prevented from unveiling the statue in the evening.

At a youth wing meeting in the morning at Namakkal, Mr. Stalin called for efforts to increase membership to strengthen the wing.

At the nearly two-and-a-half hours meeting, he interacted with the youth wing functionaries at various levels.

Case against Stalin

The Fairlands Police registered a case against Mr. Stalin and “more than 2,000 DMK members” under Sections 143 (punishment of six months imprisonment or fine or both for unlawful assembly, 149 (offence committed in prosecution of common object), 188 (disobedience to order promulgated by public servant), 283 (causing danger or obstruction in public way), 290 (causing public nuisance) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code.

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