Special Correspondent

Demands steps to prevent spread of “violent culture”

CHENNAI: Law and order in the State is a cause for concern and there is scope for improvement, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnasswamy said here on Monday.

Reacting to attacks on political leaders in recent weeks, Mr. Krishnasswamy wanted the Government to take stringent measures to prevent “violent culture” from spreading and to ensure that the State remained peaceful.

The TNCC chief criticised sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for taking out rallies and holding meetings in support of the banned organisation. The party would not tolerate their pro-LTTE activities. “The Government should not allow them to go scot-free.”

Satisfied with probe

Mr. Krishnasswamy, who came to the party office for the first time after recovering from an attack in Ramanathapuram district last month, told reporters he was confident that the State police would nab all the culprits involved in the incident. He was satisfied with the enquiry being conducted.

Deprecating the attack on State Youth Congress president Mayura Jayakumar at Satyamurthi Bhavan recently, Mr.Krishnasswamy said the high command had made it clear there was no room for those who were indulging in violence and that they would be removed from the party.

The party had appointed a three–member committee to enquire into the circumstances that led to the incident. It would submit its report to the high command. Based on the report, further action would be taken.

Jayalalithaa visit

The TNCC chief did not attach any political significance to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa calling on him while he was undergoing treatment in hospital.

All political leaders irrespective of party affiliation met him at the hospital and wished him speedy recovery.

Earlier he garlanded the statue of Indira Gandhi at Elephant Pass and also paid floral tributes to her portrait at the party office.

He administered national integration pledge to party workers at Satyamurthi Bhavan.