Madurai

Event passes off peacefully

PARAMAKUDI

The 62nd death anniversary of Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran passed off peacefully as the district police had thrown a massive security cordon, deploying about 5,000 police personnel.

As the event was viewed as communally sensitive, the district police, under the supervision of Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) K. Jayanth Murali made elaborate security arrangements, while the district administration promulgated prohibitory order and banned all types of hired vehicles from carrying volunteers to Immanuel Sekaran’s samadhi in Paramakudi.

“The event went off peacefully and no untoward incident was reported,” Superintendent of Police Omprakash Meena said. Led by Inspector General of Police K.P. Shanmuga Rajeswaran, five DIGs from Salem, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Thanjavur and Coastal Security Group, 18 SPs, 18 ADSPs and 61 DSPs kept vigil.

Sniffer dog, bomb detection and disposal and anti-sabotage squads were pressed into service. The police installed about 70 CCTV cameras at strategic points in and around Parakamudi and monitored the movements of vehicles and crowd. They also used about 70 hand-held cameras to monitor the situation.

The Centre for Aerospace Research of the Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, deployed an advanced version of quadcopter-type unmanned aerial vehicle and helped the police in managing the crowd movement.

The police heaved a sigh of relief as Puthiya Tamilagam leader S. Krishnasamy paid homage by 4.30 p.m. However, sudden sharp showers in the evening delayed the arrival of Tamizhaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader John Pandian. He could not make it to the samadhi till 6.30 p.m.

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