Raja lands in a row over ‘curbs’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Tense mo­ments pre­vailed ahead of the Vi­nayaka idol im­mer­sion pro­ces­sion at Meiya­pu­ram in Tiru­mayam po­lice lim­its in Pudukot­tai district on Satur­day af­ter BJP na­tional sec­re­tary H. Raja picked up a quar­rel with the po­lice ob­ject­ing to cer­tain re­stric­tions.

A video clip show­ing Mr. Raja en­gaged in a heated ar­gu­ment with po­lice of­fi­cers and ac­cus­ing them of be­ing cor­rupt also went vi­ral on on­line mes­sag­ing plat­forms.

Po­lice sources said that they had asked the Hin­dus not to go via a par­tic­u­lar route given the com­mu­nally sen­si­tive na­ture of the vil­lage. But Mr. Raja strongly ob­jected to the po­lice pre­vent­ing the Hin­dus from erect­ing a stage and tak­ing out a pro­ces­sion on the spe­cific route. When a po­lice of­fi­cer cited the High Court’s “in­struc­tion” (ap­par­ently given in con­nec­tion with the im­mer­sion rally in the vil­lage), Mr. Raja ve­he­mently re­jected the con­tention.

Mr. Raja also ac­cused the State po­lice of be­ing highly cor­rupt.

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