Police Commissioner's warning to protesters

CHENNAI, JULY 20. Severe action would be initiated against those who resort to protests such as ``begging for alms'', ``tonsuring'' ``wearing only loin cloth'' as it created a nuisance for the public, the City Police Commissioner, Mr. P. Kalimuthu, said today.

Talking to mediapersons at his weekly press briefing, he said on Wednesday, members of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board Contract Labourers' Association attempted to organise a demonstration staging a mock `begging for alms'. The police arrested them and released them in the evening. Again today the members attempted to stage a demonstration without police permission. All of them were arrested and remanded to custody, he said. Such attempts by the protesters would be dealt with severely hereafter, he said.

More than 775 cases relating to property offences had been detected from January till July 15 and the police arrested nearly 1,100 persons in this connection. About 860 of them had been remanded and 250 detained under Goondas Act, he said.

Property worth Rs. 2.75 crores was recovered which included 2,000 sovereigns of gold jewellery, Rs. 11.70 lakhs in cash and silver weighing about 120 kg and large number of electronic items. More than 300 persons were arrested for eve teasing, he added.

Stolen gold jewellery weighing about 40 sovereigns was recovered by the city police following the arrest of Saloman of Ambattur. The culprit was allegedly involved in several house break-in cases in K.K. Nagar, Kumaran Nagar, Royapettah, Egmore and Kilpauk areas, said a release.