Claiming threat to her life, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) MLA from Gengavalli S. Subha on Wednesday submitted a petition to Superintendent of Police (Salem) Ashwin M. Kotnis and sought police protection for her and her family.
Ms. Subha claimed that she, on an invitation, attended a government function on December 8 at Talavasal, where State Highways Minister Edapadi K. Palanisamy distributed welfare assistance. The MLA claimed that she was denied permission to speak at the function and in protest she submitted a petition to the Minister on the stage.
Ms. Subha, a Dalit, told The Hindu that this had irked the Minister. “When I was about to leave the stage, a group of AIADMK functionaries, including Gengavalli union secretary V. Raja, used foul language against me. They surrounded my car, banged on widow panes and did not permit me to leave the venue. They threatened me with dire consequences. All these unfortunate events took place in front of the Minister and also before general public and police officials,” she alleged.
Ms. Subha said she and her supporters later staged a road blockade condemning the incident and even preferred a complaint with Talavasal police who had not taken any action so far. “Since then I have been receiving threats. Hence, I came to Salem to meet the SP and personally handed over the petition seeking action against the miscreants and police protection,” she claimed.
She was accompanied by MLAs S.R. Parthiban (Mettur) and R. Mohanraj (Salem) and party’s senior functionaries.