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DPA cadres stage protest in southern districts

By Our Tamil Nadu Bureau

MADURAI, MAY 17. Cadres of the constituents of the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) staged a demonstration near the Anna bus stand here today, demanding the arrest of the Sports Minister, Inbathamizhan, in connection with the shootout on the Virudhunagar - Tirunelveli National Highway near here on May 10.

Speakers at a meeting held later sought action against Mr. Inbathamizhan for "attacking" the Sivakasi MP, `Sippiparai' A. Ravichandran.

The agitation was also to condemn the mass deletion of names from the electoral rolls.

The district secretaries of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), R. Jyotiram and A. Sundaram, the DMK urban district secretary, V. Veluchamy, the urban district Congress president, Devanayagam, the Madurai MP, P. Mohan, the Mayor, C. Ramachandran, Pon. Muthuramalingam of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) secretaries, M. Bhoominathan and Veera Elavarasar, took part in the protest.

Virudhunagar

Over 2,000 cadres staged a demonstration on the Collectorate premises at Virudhunagar.

The DMK leader and Sattur MLA, K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, led the agitation, in which Mr. Ravichandran, took part.

The protestors also wanted the police to withdraw the cases `foisted' on Mr. Ramachandran and Mr. Ravichandran. The Virudhunagar MLA, Damodaran, the Sivakasi MLA, Rajagopal, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) secretary, Balasubramanian, and the Congress president, Ganesan, took part in the agitation.

Dindigul

About 2,500 cadres staged a demonstration in front of the Revenue Divisional Office at Dindigul.

The DMK district secretary, I. Periasamy, demanded that the police conduct an investigation into the incident.

The Dindigul MLA, K. Balabarathi, alleged that the deletion of names from the voter list was a fraud perpetrated on the people, and said the State Government did not realise its mistakes even after its miserable defeat in the Lok Sabha election.

She also condemned the denial of permission by the police to the Opposition for taking out a rally before the demonstration.

The Dindigul municipal chairman, M. Basheer Ahmad, claimed that 32,000 voters in the town and about one lakh voters in the Dindigul constituency were deleted from the list.

The Congress district president, M. Dhandapani, the secretary, P.K. Karuppusamy, and the CPI district secretary, Abdul Rahim, took part in the agitation.

Theni

About 300 cadres staged a demonstration at Theni. The DMK secretary, L. Mookiah, the Congress secretary, K.S.M. Ramachandran, the CPI(M) secretary, Rajappan, and the CPI secretary, Raja, spoke.

Ramanathapuram

More than 500 cadres staged a demonstration in front of the taluk office at Ramanathapuram.

The DMK district secretary, S. Thangavelan, led the agitation.

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