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Stalin detained, released; DMK cries foul

Jul 30, 2011 09:09 PM IST Politics Politics

Chennai: DMK Chief Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader MK Stalin was detained for a few hours by the Tamil Nadu police on Saturday during a protest. His party called it vendetta politics.

MK Stalin was arrested and detained for over two hours for allegedly trying to stage a road block in Thiruvarur. While the police called it preventive custody, the DMK has slammed it as vendetta politics.

"We were detained without any proper warrant or reason. All this is vendetta politics by the AIADMK. They are foisting false cases on DMK leaders to stop us from protesting," Stalin said.

The going has been tough for the DMK since Jayalalithaa took charge as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in May. The AIADMK government has set up special anti-land grabbing cells in every district and also arrested several DMK members. Former agriculture minister Veerapandi Arumugam and sitting MLA J Anbazhagan have been arrested on land-grabbing charges. At the receiving end of the police crackdown, the DMK has now announced statewide protests starting Monday.

"During the DMK's regime, Opposition parties have staged several protests when they would be arrested in the morning and released later in the evening. Now in Jaya's regime it's vendetta politics, and uncontrollable police atrocities. We will go ahead with our democratic and peaceful protest against police atrocities and foisting of false charges on August 1," Karunanidhi said.

After being sidelined at the Centre in the UPA coalition, the DMK has now been facing the heat back home in Tamil Nadu. With the Jayalalithaa government acting strong on every complaint involving the DMK leaders, it looks like a bumpy road ahead for the party that reigned supreme in the state till just three months back.