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`Police failed to provide security'

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI, SEPT.7. The All India Forward Bloc has condemned the violence at the inauguration of the `manimandapam' (memorial) for the late P.K. Mookiah Thevar at Usilampatti on Sunday evening.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, the AIFB general secretary, Debabrata Biswas, said it was unfortunate that some miscreants had instigated violence to stop the inauguration, and the police had failed to take note of their presence inside the memorial before the function started.

He said the miscreants did not belong to the AIFB and called upon the followers of Muthuramalinga Thevar and P.K. Mookiah Thevar to remain united and strive to establish a caste-free society.

He charged the police with failure to provide adequate protection to the dignitaries who had gone to Usilampatti to attend the function.

P. V. Kathiravan, general secretary, AIFB (Vallarasu group), sought a judicial enquiry into the violence. He claimed that the supporters of L. Santhanam, Usilampatti MLA, shoved him out of the memorial and one of them attacked him with a lethal weapon. Besides himself, seven others were injured, he claimed and demanded that the assailants be arrested.

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