Ponparappi women protest, allege bias in arrests of PMK workers
Claiming that the police have been arresting only a section of people, the women from Ponparappi near Senthurai in Ariyalur district staged a road blockade on Saturday.
According to the protesting women, while complaint has been lodged by both the groups, the Senthurai police have acted upon the complaint by VCK cadre and arrested as many as 12 persons belonging to the PMK. This has created a suspicion among the PMK cadre that the police were acting in a biased manner.
Thus, on Saturday, around 100 PMK women assembled near Senthurai bus stand and attempted to block the road. They raised slogans against the police and demanded the arrest of VCK members too.
On information, the police team led by the Superintendent VR Srinivasan rushed to the spot and held talks with the agitating women. Based on the assurance of the SP, they dispersed from the spot. Traffic was disrupted at Senthurai-Jayankondam Road for over an hour.
It may be recalled that, on the polling day, the PMK members had broken an old pot that was symbol of the VCK chief which was rebuked by the VCK cadres and an exchange of blows between the cadres ended in the ransacking of 20 houses in the Dalit Colony. The PMK cadres also damaged the vehicles and eight persons were injured in the clash.