DMK suspends cadres who allegedly misbehaved with woman cop

The two suspended, S Praveen and C Yekambaram belong to Western district of Chennai, said an official statement from the Minister.
Minister Duraimurugan
Minister Duraimurugan

CHENNAI: A day after Chennai police claimed that the woman constable, who was allegedly harassed by DMK cadres at a function in the city, had withdrawn her complaint, police late Tuesday night arrested two party men in connection with the incident.

Only after intervention from the top brass on Tuesday late night, an FIR was registered and DMK men Ekambaram and Praveen were arrested for allegedly misbehaving with the woman cop at a party function organised to commemorate former DMK Minister K Anbazhagan’s birth centenary, on Saturday late evening.

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The incident happened in Chennai’s Virugambakkam with DMK heavyweights including Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi Health Minister Ma Subramanian and legislator AMV Prabhakara Raja present on stage.

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When other police constables on the spot reportedly found their colleague in tears, they surrounded the duo in order to arrest them. However, they were prevented by the DMK cadres and were allowed to go and no complaint was registered.

On Tuesday late night, the party suspended the two after which the two were arrested by the Chennai police.

Police had earlier claimed that the CCTV footage they had seen showed it was an accidental body contact and not an act of sexual harassment.

Police had also said that the woman constable had withdrawn the complaint after the two tendered unconditional apologies.

However, Tuesday night, the case took a new turn, and the police arrested the duo. The incident had created a political uproar with the opposition parties, including AIADMK, BJP and AMMK, demanding police action.

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