Staff Reporter

Meet aimed at protection of Tamil race, says Krishnasamy

Coimbatore: The Puthiya Tamilagam (PT) party leader, K. Krishnasamy, appeared before the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Coimbatore City Police Commissioner on Monday to explain the objective and seek permission for the World Tamil Protection Conference which the party proposed to hold here on February 6 and 7.

This was pursuant to the orders of the Madras High Court Judge K. Venkataraman, who directed the PT leader or representatives to appear before the DCP and place on record the necessary details about the conference. The police were directed to decide and pass necessary orders afresh by February 3.

Dr. Krishnasamy’s meeting with Commissioner of Police P. Sivanandi and Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Nagaraj lasted for nearly 30 minutes each.

Dr. Krishnasamy told The Hindu that he gave a letter on October 22, 2009 seeking permission for the conference and rally and a reminder on December 22, 2009.

In the absence of response, he had approached the High Court on January 6 and the hearing was posted to a later date on four occasions, when the police sought time to decide.

A disposal of the petition was expected on January 21. However, on January 19, police served an order on him denying permission, since speeches likely to be uttered at the conference would cause enmity with neighbouring States and might hamper cordial relationship with neighbouring countries.

Conference materials

Since, the conference materials referred to the political settlement for Sri Lankan Tamils the police in their denial order stated that speeches could be in support of banned organisation.

The order also apprehended speeches that could cause strain Central and State relationship.

Dr. Krishnasamy said that he had explained to the officials that the objective of the conference was not to promote or support banned organisation but only to voice concerns for the protection of Tamil race world over.

The conference would only strive to create a World Tamil Protection Secretariat.

He also clarified that letters had been sent to all Tamil leaders and a confirmation was awaited from them, hence it would be premature for the law enforcing agency to conclude that there would be speeches in support of banned outfit. Taking into account the factors such as maintenance of law and order, a decision would be taken by February 3.