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Pollachi sexual assault case: four booked under Goondas Act

Members of the IT wing of the Coimbatore rural unit of the AIADMK showing copies of the petition they submitted to the Coimbatore City Police on Tuesday .

Members of the IT wing of the Coimbatore rural unit of the AIADMK showing copies of the petition they submitted to the Coimbatore City Police on Tuesday .   | Photo Credit: S_SIVA SARAVANAN

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Collector warns of action against those spreading rumours on social media

Coimbatore Collector K. Rajamani on Tuesday ordered the detention under the Goondas Act of the four youth, arrested on charges of involvement in the Pollachi serial sexual assault and blackmail case.

He passed the orders detaining K. Thirunavukkarasu, T. Vasanthkumar, N. Sathish and N. Sabarirajan based on a recommendation from the Coimbatore Rural Superintendent of Police R. Pandiarajan.

The police had arrested Sabarirajan alias Rishwanth, Sathish, Vasanthkumar on February 25 and Thirunavukkarasu on March 5 for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl and filming the act. The police had charged them with sexual harassment, assault by use of criminal force and invoked provisions of the Information Technology Act and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

The police investigation revealed that the accused had also assaulted and filmed other young women.

Bail plea rejected

The Judicial Magistrate I court in Pollachi dismissed an application seeking bail for the accused Thirunavukkarasu. His mother Latha had filed the application on Monday citing his health condition among other things. When the petition came up for hearing the prosecution objected to grant of bail saying that Thirunavukkarasu, who went hiding after the crime came to light, could flee the country.

After hearing both sides Magistrate V. Arumugam dismissed the application.

Meanwhile, Coimbatore Rural SP Mr. Pandiarajan told journalists that they were checking if young women who had committed suicide in Pollachi in the last one year or so were victims of the crime.

Coimbatore Collector K. Rajamani told journalists that the administration would initiate action against those who spread rumours about the sex scandal on social media sites, causing consternation to the family of the girl who had lodged the complaint.

Mr Rajamani said her brother had approached him with a petition complaining that false stories were being spread on various social media platforms, alleging that it was an attempt to change the course of investigation.

The Collector said the administration would take action if it came across messages that brought disrepute to the woman or her family. The administration would send a report to the State Commission for Women.

AIADMK petition

Meanwhile, the IT wing AIADMK Coimbatore rural wing submitted a petition to the Coimbatore City Police accusing the DMK of spreading falsehood on social media linking the ruling party to the scandal, and sought action.

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