November 16th, 2011
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DMK MP behind bars

Ritheesh-KumarChennai: DMK MP JK Ritheesh Kumar was on Wednesday arrested in a land grabbing case. Ritheesh, elected to Lok Sabha from Ramanathapuram, was arrested following a complaint from Samikannu of Pappangudi village in Kancheepuram district, police sources in land grabbing cell told PTI.

In his complaint,  Samikannu alleged that his 1.47 acres of land was grabbed by Mr. Ritheesh using forged documents. Ritheesh, a first time MP, is a party strongman in Ramanathapuram. After coming to power in May, the Tamil Nadu government has launched a crackdown on land grabbing, putting several DMK leaders, including some MLAs and former ministers, in jail. The DMK has alleged that the government’s action smacks of political vendetta.


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