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Kushboo case: Collector gets report on violence

R. Ilangovan

Video clips show "unruly protests" Sources say video clips show "unruly protests" by DPI, PMK activists


  • Collector expected to forward the report to Government
  • Protesters raised slogans "bordering on obscenity"
  • Cases registered against 300, mostly from PMK, DPI, say police

    SALEM: A detailed report supported by video clips on the incidents that took place when actor Kushboo came to Mettur on November 16 to appear before Judicial Magistrate II will be submitted to the Tamil Nadu Government shortly.

    The court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Kushboo on a private petition against her reported remarks on pre-marital sex.

    Highly placed official sources told The Hindu that Tahsildar H. Faiz Mohammed Khan, who is the Taluk Executive Magistrate of the area, has submitted a two-page "law and order" report on the incidents to the Salem Collector. The latter is expected to forward it to the Government shortly.

    The sources claim that the report, accompanied by video clips and photos from the police, show the violent incidents despite a strong police presence. The clips reportedly show hundreds of cadres of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and the Viduthalai Siruthaigal (DPI) who had assembled in front of the court hall to protest against the actor.

    The protesters were seen raising slogans, "often bordering on obscenity." They threw footwear, rotten tomatoes and eggs at the actor's car when she came out of the court. The police were forced to use mild force to disperse the "militant" crowd, which menacingly surged towards the car in which the actor travelled, the sources said.

    DPI's Mettur town organiser Meiyyalagan and others participated in the agitation. The police had a tough time controlling the women members of the PMK. The sources said one of the video clips showed a woman standing among the DPI protesters carrying a slipper in her left hand just before the actor's car arrived at the court.

    PMK cadres argued with the police after the actor's car left the scene and even gheraoed the Tahsildar who tried to pacify them. They picketed the court hall condemning the police for not permitting them to stage a "peaceful protest" as the actress was coming out. A senior PMK party functionary, Tamilarasu, who was in Mettur at the time, demanded a RDO enquiry into "police atrocities against peaceful agitators."

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