September 24th, 2011
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Former fisheries Minister in the net

fisheries-ministerChennai: Former Tamilnadu Fisheries Minister and DMK strongman K P P Samy was today arrested in connection with a case relating to the missing of two fishermen, who were later believed to have been murdered in 2006 during the previous DMK regime. Sources said a large posse of policemen descended at Samy’s house at Tiruvottriyur in North Chennai and arrested him.

A large number of his supporters, including women, assembled near his residence and shouted slogans denouncing the ruling AIADMK for adopting a vindictive attitude against the leaders of the Opposition parties. Before he was taken into the waiting police van, Samy said he would face the case legally.

Police said two fishermen Chelladurai and his friend were reported missing in 2006 after the DMK came to power. A complaint was lodged by Chelladurai’s wife Premalatha that Samy, who was the Fisheries Minister then, was behind the missing of her husband and demanded action against him. Police registered a man missing case.

As there was no further progress in the probe, Premalatha after the change of government, again moved the police seeking action against those involved in the case. After police altered the man missing case to that of murder upon confirming that Chelladurai was killed, Samy’s brother K P P Sankar and K P P Chokalingam surrendered before a court at Tirukkazhukundram near Chengalpattu, about 70 km from here, recently.

Later, four others were arrested in connection with the case and remanded in judicial custody. Based on their questioning, police arrested Samy today. Samy is the latest DMK leader to have been arrested after the AIADMK government assumed office in May. Cracking down against land grabbers during the previous DMK regime, police had arrested former Ministers Veerapandi S Arumugam, K N Nehru, K Ponmudy and N K K P Raja.

Apart from former ministers, senior DMK leaders and party functionaries and close associates of Union Minister and DMK Madurai strongman M K Alagiri were also arrested and lodged in prisons. Some of them, including former DMK MLA B Ranganathan and DMK Councillor Dhanasekaran were detained under the Goondas Act.


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