25 HELD FOR SKIR­MISH WITH PO­LICE, MIN­IS­TER

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU -

Nagapattinam: Twenty-five peo­ple were ar­rested on Fri­day night in con­nec­tion with a fight that broke out be­tween po­lice and cy­clone-af­fected res­i­dents near Vedaranyam last month in the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Gaja. In one in­ci­dent that took place near Tha­laig­nayiru on Novem­ber 18, Hand­looms and Tex­tiles Min­is­ter OS Ma­nian was con­fronted by ag­i­tated per­sons. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the min­is­ter tried to leave the place on by hitch­hik­ing on a mo­tor­cy­cle. Near Tha­laig­nayiru, he was given a chase by peo­ple on mo­tor­cy­cles and even­tu­ally stopped. An ar­gu­ment broke out be­tween the min­is­ter and af­fected peo­ple that turned ugly with po­lice hav­ing to come in to pacify the an­gry res­i­dents. On Fri­day, a video sur­faced where Ma­nian’s car is seen mobbed by peo­ple and a bearded man is seen try­ing to hit the min­is­ter’s SUV with a sickle in hand. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the in­ci­dent hap­pened near Kamesh­waram on Novem­ber 18. Ma­nian es­caped un­hurt as his driver drove him to safety. The sus­pect ‘Funk’ Raja sur­ren­dered to po­lice on Fri­day evening. Cases have been reg­is­tered in Tha­laig­nayiru and Keezhaiyur po­lice sta­tions with more ar­rests likely. ENS

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