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Krishnasamy alleges rigging at 19 booths in Ottapidaram

TIRUNELVELI, MAY 20. The Puthiya Tamizhagam president, Dr. K. Krishnasamy, has alleged rigging with police connivance in 19 polling stations in Kayathar panchayat union limits in the Ottapidaram (res) Assembly constituency. He has sought a CBI enquiry into the irregularities. Dr. Krishnasamy was defeated in the recent elections from this constituency.

Speaking to press persons here today, Dr. Krishnasamy said, he had asked the State Electoral Officer and the Tuticorin Collector to post adequate security in 21 booths of the constituency fearing rigging but nothing was done.

He alleged that the police acted in a partisan manner and more than 95 per cent polling was reported from 19 booths which was possible only due to rigging.

He also alleged that the police terrorised residents of the Dalit-dominated areas. Many eligible voters were prevented from voting and in some booths even police officials were present inside the booths.

Dr. Krishnasamy said the police and revenue officials actively connived with the present ruling party in the Ottapidaram constituency, which led to his defeat. `I will take up the matter with the Election Commission of India. Only a CBI probe will bring to light all the irregularities', he added.

Violence has been unleashed against the Dalits after the polls throughout the State in general and in Ottapidaram constituency in particular, he said and false cases were foisted against PT supporters.

He said, immediately after the AIADMK Government took charge in the State, the illicit distillers have resumed their operation, much to the shock of the rural women. He urged the Government and the police to put an end to the same.

Referring to the criminal cases against him in connection with a murder in Manjolai estate, Dr. Krishnasamy said, the DMK regime had implicated him in these cases using the police as he was opposing the Government's move in the Manjolai workers' issue.