Special Correspondent

Say they have been falsely implicated in December 18 stampede case

CHENNAI: Two more functionaries of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam have filed anticipatory bail applications in a sessions court here, apprehending arrest in connection with the December 18 stampede.

R. Ramamoorthy, DMK circle secretary, and P. Joseph, divisional representative, said they had been falsely implicated in the case to cover up the officials' inefficiency to handle flood relief distribution, and also to "throw blame on the Opposition instead of owning up responsibility."

A perusal of the First Information Report would illustrate that no cognizable offence is made out against them, the petitioners said adding they had no connection whatsoever with the offence alleged. S. Senthilkumar, DMK youth wing organiser, and S. Ravi, divisional representative of the party in K.K. Nagar, have sought anticipatory bail in connection with the case.

DMK councillor K. Dhanasekaran was arrested on December 20 for having allegedly spread rumours that caused the December 18 stampede that claimed 42 lives. The conditional bail granted to him by the Principal Sessions Court was suspended by the High Court, which is to pass orders on the prosecution's appeal on Wednesday.