Actor (Nayagan fame) and DMK MP J K Ritheesh and nine others were arrested for allegedly assaulting and abusing a Dalit in a clash between his partymen and DMDK-AIADMK workers at Kalavankudi in Ramanathapuram district.
Ritheesh and others have been charged under Section 3 (i) (X) of Scheduled Class and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Sections 147 (rioting), 294 (b) (using obscene words in a public place), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code.And later were remanded in judicial custody. Two vehicles used by them have also been seized.
According to the villagers of Sholandur and Peechankurichi, the problem arose when a group of AIADMK men opposed the relaying of a road at Peechankurichi junction, which they claimed was against the electoal panel model code of conduct. And one of the protesters took away the key of a road roller vechile. It resulted in a heated exchange of words between the local DMK and AIADMK supporters. The situation turned worse when a group of DMK members and the Ramanathapuram Lok Sabha member Ritheesh, who were on the way of campaign of party candidate for the Thiruvadanai constituency and Minister for Slum Clearance S. Thangavelan, created ruckus at Sholandur for stopping the road work and nine persons accompanying MP Ritheesh allegedly started pelting stones at the crowd. Following which AIADMK’s Narayanan (40) has been hospitalized and is in the ICU, having sustained injuries on his mouth and nose.
Ritheesh and others sped away from the scene in their vehicles. But the AIADMK men and people of Sholandur blocked traffic on NH 210, demanding the arrest of all of those involved in the skirmishes at Sholandur.
Police said ten persons including the MP had been detained for interrogation. The earthmover used for road work at Peechankurichi was seized.Security had been tightened in and around the troubled areas.