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AIADMK workers being harassed, alleges Jayalalithaa

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CONSOLING FAMILY: Former Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa at the residence of M.R. Ravi, Ambattur AIADMK town secretary, who was murdered.
CONSOLING FAMILY: Former Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa at the residence of M.R. Ravi, Ambattur AIADMK town secretary, who was murdered.

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Claims police are not taking any action

CHENNAI: All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa on Saturday said her party activists were being subjected to harassment in the wake of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam assuming office. Shortly after paying homage to AIADMK Ambattur town secretary M.R. Ravi, who was murdered on Friday morning, she told reporters that though her party workers in different areas were attacked, beaten up and murdered, the police had not taken action.

Call to party workers

Terming the DMK rule "tyranny," Ms. Jayalalithaa said the AIADMK activists would not rest till it was brought down. She asked her party workers to remain courageous. The "anti-people Government will be removed soon."

"Protection withdrawn"

People would not forgive those who had committed the heinous murder, she said, adding that all those who had faith in democracy would condemn such acts of violence.

She recalled that Ravi had been given police protection during the election campaign, following a complaint that he faced threats from political rivals. This was withdrawn in the wake of the formation of the DMK Government.

Ms. Jayalalithaa, who visited Ravi's residence at Mugappair, consoled his family members. She also placed a wreath on the body of the slain party worker.

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