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Case filed against Tamil news channel, film director Ameer

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They were accused of attempting to promote enmity on religious grounds; parties want cases withdrawn

The Peelamedu police in Coimbatore on Saturday registered a case against Tamil television news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai and one of its journalists and another case against film director Ameer and MLA U. Thaniyarasu following a ruckus at a ‘round table’ discussion organised by the channel at a private college premises in Coimbatore on Friday.

The channel and Mr. Ameer were accused of attempting to promote enmity on religious grounds.

The case was registered though the “objectionable” remarks made by Mr. Ameer that had led to the ruckus were not telecast.

Leaders of various political parties had participated in the public round table discussion that centred on people’s right to protest.

According to the police, Mr. Ameer while responding to BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan made certain remarks about the communal tension that prevailed in Coimbatore following the murder of Hindu Munnani functionary C. Sasikumar in 2016.

Supporters of the BJP and its affiliated organisations, who were present in the audience, objected to this and disrupted the round table. Mr. Thaniyarasu, another participant, came to Mr. Ameer’s defence.

On Saturday, the police received a complaint from the manager of the college auditorium, who claimed that the channel’s representative had booked the hall for conducting a students’ programme, but had organised a political debate that led to the ruckus.

A channel’s representative, however, disputed this and pointed out that it had been running promos for many days listing out the political participants and urging the public to attend the round table.

The police booked Mr. Ameer under Sections 153 (A) and 505 of IPC, for making remarks that could lead to tension between sections of people.

Mr. Thaniyarasu was accused of abetting him. The TV channel and the reporter, who made arrangements for the show, were booked under Sections 153(A), 505 of IPC and 3(1) of Tamil Nadu Property Prevention of Damage and Loss Act for organising the programme.

Police action condemned

Separately, the Sulur police registered a case against eight persons who damaged Mr. Thaniyarasu’s vehicle on Friday evening.

Political party leaders and journalist unions issued statements strongly condemning the police action and termed it as an attempt to muzzle media freedom.

CPI(M) State secretary K. Balakrishnan, who participated in the round table, said the BJP should stay away from such events if it could not tolerate divergent views.

DMK MP T.K.S. Elangovan, also a participant, pointed out that the channel had not telecast the objectionable remarks of Mr. Ameer.

He demanded that the case be withdrawn.

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