The Tamizhava Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) has appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to secure the release of hundreds of Tamils who have been arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police in connection with the murder of two forest officials in that State.

In a representation addressed to the Chief Minister, TVK founder T. Velmurugan stated that two forest officials in Andhra Pradesh were reportedly beaten to death by certain persons. There were no two opinions that those indulged in such heinous crime ought to be brought to book and severely punished. However, the Andhra Pradesh police had been rounding up hundreds of Tamils who had gone there to earn their livelihood and also those who were travelling in buses and trains, without any justification, he added.

It was reliably learnt that those who were thus arrested were subjected to harassment in the hands of the police. Mr. Velmurugan pointed out that it was a matter of concern that the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka and Singapore had become the target of attacks and so also those in the neighbouring states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Therefore, he called for immediate intervention of the Chief Minister to protect the personal safety of the Tamils and also their rights.