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Bus burning incident: Jayalalitha demands CBI inquiry

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, FEB. 3. The AIADMK and the DMK today blamed each other for the violence that rocked the State following the conviction of former Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha, in a corruption case.

The AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, charged the DMK with trying to take advantage of the situation created by the judgement against her to instigate violence in the State.

Referring to the Dharmapuri bus burning incident, which claimed the lives of three girls, she said the DMK was using anti-social elements to take to violence and blame the AIADMK.

She demanded a CBI inquiry to bring out the ``full truth'' behind the incident. If the State Government did not ask the Centre to hold a CBI inquiry, the AIADMK would move the courts, she said.

Ms. Jayalalitha also voiced her suspicion about how a TV channel, which showed the burning incident from beginning to end, did not show those who had thrown petrol bombs into the bus. The TV channel and the police department continued to spread false information about the gory incident despite her detailed explanation that AIADMK men were not involved.

While expressing her ``sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of the dead'', Ms. Jayalalitha also condemned police brutality against AIADMK workers saying that thousands of workers were arrested to prevent them from electioneering. The police were mere hand tools of the Government.

In a statement, Ms. Jayalalitha condemned the Karunanidhi government for ``setting up mischievous anti-social elements'' to indulge in incendiary activities leading to the tragedy.

``It is reliably learnt that the top brass of the DMK had deployed anti-social elements and DMK rowdies to indulge in violence to besmirch the fair name of the AIADMK,'' she said.

The DMK treasurer and Minister for Electricity, Mr. Arcot N. Veerasami, however, blamed Ms. Jayalalitha, for the `violence' unleashed by her partymen on Wednesday after the Special Court judgment.

`The truth' behind what transpired at the month-long interaction Ms. Jayalalitha had with district level party cadre at the venue of the TANSI land purchased by her had now come out, he claimed in a statement.

According to him, Ms. Jayalalitha under the pretext of counselling her partymen had directed them to resort to `violent acts and torch buses of the State-owned transport corporations' on the lines of Wednesday's happenings if the cases against her ended up in convictions. That was why the AIADMK partymen had indulged in such `uncivilised and violence acts' leading to the death of the three girls, he said.

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