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Goodwll meet: Salem SP N.M. Mayilvahanan listening to the problems of villagers at the grievances day meeting in Salem on Saturday.
Goodwll meet: Salem SP N.M. Mayilvahanan listening to the problems of villagers at the grievances day meeting in Salem on Saturday.

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Seek action against those involved in anti-social activities

SALEM: People from ‘mother villages’ in Salem district shared information with police officials concerning various anti-social activities in their neighbourhood and sought help to eradicate them.

At the goodwill-cum-awareness meeting held between the villagers and police here on Saturday, many brought to light the availability of illicit arrack and lotteries in their respective villages and asked the police to take stringent action.

A few wanted to know why the police had attempted to arrest the PMK MLA A. Tamilarasu without completing the investigation.

Stern action

Responding to their suggestions and queries, SP N.M. Mayilvahanan said that police would initiate stern action against anyone who resorts to anti-social and illegal activities.

He wanted them to reveal the exact locations where such anti-social activities were taking place in villages, mainly in remote ones. He assured them of total confidentiality of the identity of those who would pass on any sensitive information.

MLA’s arrest

With regard to the MLA’s case, he said that the case was under investigation and hence he was not in a position to divulge details further. A case under Section 3 (1) (10) of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 was registered against the MLA on allegations that he abused a few employees of a private toll plaza on the Salem –Bangalore National Highways, recently.

The police could not arrest him when PMK MLAs and cadres including their leader G K Mani prevented the arrest and forced the police to withdraw from the scene saying that they needed more time to reinvestigate the case.

More than 600 villagers from 401 mother villages in the district attended the meeting in which suggestions on various other issues were also shared with police.

All senior officers attended the meeting.

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