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Thursday, November 22, 2012
ADMK AGAINST MUKKULATHORS - 71 arrested for damaging buses
Police have arrested 71 people in Madurai district for damaging buses in the aftermath of Thevar Jayanthi violence.
Police say that this is probably the highest number of people arrested for damaging buses in the recent years, in Madurai. In fact, in many of the stone-pelting incidents, the culprits manage to go scot-free due to factors like lack of evidence. Seldom do miscreants who pelt stones on buses during communal unrest are brought to book. However, with the increasing number of such incidents, police have decided to act tough on such miscreants.
"We have booked 56 cases for damaging buses during the Thevar Jayanthi violence. We have so far arrested 71 people in connection with 46 of the cases. We are searching for the accused in the remaining 10 cases," said Madurai SP V Balakrishnan. The arrested have been booked under various Sections including Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damages and Loss) Act.
Most of the buses were damaged on October 30, when three people were beaten to death in Ramanathapuram district and the stone-pelting continued till November 7 when a bandh was held to condemn the killings.
Police feel that though pelting stones on buses was in vogue for decades even during slightest unrest, it has reached dangerous proportions of late.