September 14th, 2011
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No unilateral action: Jayalalithaa

JayalalithaaChennai: Tamilnadu Chief minister, J Jayalalithaa today said the government cannot ‘act unilaterally’ when it had announced a judicial probe in connection with the Paramakudi firing on Sunday, which left seven persons dead.

Speaking in the Assembly, where both the Left parties and Puthiya Tamizhagam staged a walkout following Speaker D Jayakumar’s refusal to raise the issue, the Chief Minister said she had initially ordered for a DRO probe but later conceded to judicial probe at the insistence of a section of the opposition. While the government had announced forming an inquiry commission under a retired High Court judge, it had to wait for its recommendations.

‘How can we act unilaterally. We have to wait for the recommendations of the commission and if it recommends action against anybody, the government will act,’ she said. When a commission had been announced, only it can recommend action, she said. The CPI (M) had announced staging a State-wide protest on 17 September demanding suspension of police officials who opened fire on the agitating crowd.

Meanwhile, announcing a solatium of Rs one lakh to the families of the six people killed in Sunday’s police firing at Paramakudi, the DMK today said its legislators would visit the district to console the victims’ families. DMK president M Karunanidhi in a statement here said the DMK MLAs led by Legislature Party leader M K Stalin would visit Paramakudi on 15 September, meet the families of the deceased and console them.

Tension gripped parts of Virudhunagar district following desecration of the statue of veteran freedom fighter and icon of Mukkulathor community Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar at Rajapalayam today. Unidentified miscreants tied footwears and defaced the statue, located on TB Road in Rajapalayam town, with cow dung in wee hours. When the incident was noticed this morning, a large number of Thevar community people and members of Thevar Maha Sabha, an outfit, squatted on the road and obstructed vehicular traffic, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

Even as senior police officials led by Virudhunagar Superintendent of Police Najmal Hoda rushed to the spot and held talks with the agitators, a section of people turned violent and pelted stones on the vehicles damaging six buses.


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