Madurai

“Paramakudi firing points to autocratic AIADMK rule”

Former Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin, speaking to a man injured in the Paramakudi riots at the Government Rajaji Hospital in the city on Thursday. Photo: S. James

Former Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin, speaking to a man injured in the Paramakudi riots at the Government Rajaji Hospital in the city on Thursday. Photo: S. James   | Photo Credit: S_James

In “minority DMK government,” common man was not at all affected: Stalin

The Paramakudi police firing incident bears testimony to how autocratic the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government is. It is hardly four months since the new government was formed but innocent people have been shot down, according to M. K. Stalin, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Treasurer and MLA, on Thursday.

Addressing the media after visiting the victims who were injured in Sunday's police firing at Paramakudi and Chinthamani at the Government Rajaji Hospital here, Mr. Stalin said, “I am saying innocent victims, because R. Ganesan (55) was away to distribute wedding invitations of his son Gunasekaran but became a victim to the bullets. Today, the marriage took place without his father and we were there at his residence to distribute a solatium of Rs 1 lakh.”

The Chief Minister used to lampoon the DMK government as minority government but the common man was not at all affected. When the AIADMK came to power with a huge majority, this was happening — a brutal murder of six persons and injuries to scores of people, he said.

On the request of DMK president M. Karunanidhi, the DMK leaders visited Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts to call on the families of the deceased to give them a solatium of Rs. one lakh each and Rs.10, 000 each to 17 persons injured in police firing and riots.

Mr. Stalin had a word with 16-year-old boy Anand of Karaikudi, who is studying in Class XII at Ilayankudi Higher Secondary School. He sustained a bullet injury on his right forearm when he came out in a bicycle after attending tuition classes. He is being treated at the annexe building of GRH.

Panel member visit

Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Latha Priyakumar also visited the GRH and met the victims of Sunday's police firing in Paramakudi. She spoke to the Medical Superintendent, Resident Medical Officer, victims and their family members to know about the treatment provided at the hospital. Ms. Latha told newsmen that from what she gathered during the visit she could say that it was complete mismanagement on the part of the police. They knew that it was an annual event and once the situation became tense they should have handled it in a better way. The police could have avoided firing, she added.

There was delay in bringing the injured to the hospital, she said. The NCSC would make its recommendations after getting the reports from the Collector and Superintendent of Police.

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