Seeman surrenders in Tirunelveli

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Staff Reporter

He was wanted by Puducherry police

TIRUNELVELI: Film director Seeman, who is wanted by the Puducherry police for “alleged remarks against the sovereignty of the country during his recent speech” in the Union Territory, surrendered before City Commissioner of Police M.N. Manjunatha on Friday evening.

Escorted by a police team headed by Palayamkottai Inspector J. Nagarajan, he was immediately taken by road to Madurai, where the Puducherry police have been camping to arrest him.

Mr. Seeman, who was earlier brought to the district court premises by secretary of Tirunelveli Bar Association Sivakumar at 4.55 p.m. by car, told reporters that the Centre, which had a role in the creation of Bangladesh and clamoured for ceasefire in Palestine, should also work for a permanent truce in Sri Lanka, where the Tamils were being methodically wiped out by the armed forces.

He slammed the recent statement by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament that the Centre could urge the Sri Lankan government only if the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam gave up their armed struggle.

He denied having spoken against the sovereignty of the country and said the Congress was exerting pressure on the State government to arrest him.

“If the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils, snaps its electoral ties with the Congress and contests the ensuing Parliamentary elections on its own, the Dravidian party will register a resounding victory in all the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry,” Mr. Seeman said.

He hoped that the ongoing protest by the advocates for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils would continue across the State so that it would attract the attention of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or United Nations, “who will certainly ensure a permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka.”




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