Madurai

‘On Thevar Jayanthi we exercised restraint despite provocation’

Youth travelling on the roof top of a vehicle at Pasumpon during the Thevar Jayanthi celebrations on October 30.

Youth travelling on the roof top of a vehicle at Pasumpon during the Thevar Jayanthi celebrations on October 30.  

Several situations warranted the police to use force against the unruly mob: SP

Thousands of policemen who were deployed for security at Pasumpon for the peaceful conduct of ‘Thevar Jayanthi’ on Wednesday deserved kudos as they exercised restraint even at the height of provocation by youth who thronged the village to pay homage to the late leader.

The police, who normally become restive at slightest provocation and when public try to challenge them or prevented them from discharging their duties, remained calm and composed when the youngsters, most of them drunk, virtually took them for a ride.

The volunteers stopped and danced before police vehicles. A section of the crowd even climbed on police vehicles and burst high decibel ‘atom bomb’ like crackers, shattering the windscreens of a SP’s car and TNSTC bus but the police exercised restraint. “Several situations warranted the police to use force against the unruly mob but they stood calm and composed,” Superintendent of Police Omprakash Meena said.

The youngsters violated the police and district administration orders at will by coming in two-wheelers, travelling on roof tops of vehicles, bursting crackers and indulging in drum beating but the police avoided enforcing order as they wanted the event to pass off peacefully, the SP said.

Compared to last year, the number of people travelling on roof tops of vehicles was less this year but people came in large numbers in two-wheelers, shouting slogans of communal overtones, he said. Police ended up drawing the ire of the volunteers when they asked them to behave and maintain discipline, the SP said.

He himself was caught in the melee when he tried to stop a convoy of about 60 two-wheelers. When the SP stood firm and removed the keys of the two-wheelers, the youth staged a road blockade. The situation took an ugly turn when the volunteers mobilised women, travelling in buses to join them in the agitation, police said.

The SP regretted that youth, mostly from the district, misbehaved with the police and violated orders despite police teams forming village vigilance committees and holding talks with village leaders in all the 429 villages in the district and stressed the need to follow the rules and instructions.

A special police team has been formed to identify the trouble mongers with the help of CCTV footages and register cases, he said. So far, the police have registered about 30 cases and those who were booked included two college students from Virudhunagar and students of Pasumpon Thiru Muthuramalinga Thevar College in Kamuthi and Government Arts and Science College, Kadaladi, he said.

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