Chennai, Nov 1 (UNI) Dravida Vizhippunarchi Kazhagam (DVP) founder leader P T Kumar today demanded a CBI probe into the incident in which TNCC president M Krishnaswamy, who was with him when a mob on October 29 attacked them near Mudukulathoor, got killed.
Talking to newspersons here he said, at present the CB-CID was probing the attack but only a CBI probe will unravel the truth behind it.
''Stringent punishment should be given to the culprits involved in the attack targetted at him for his alleged remarks hurting the sentiments of the Dalits at Keezhkannicheri in Ramnathapuram district,'' Mr Kumar said.
He said he would ask the DGP for police protection as his life was under threat.
Asserting that he had never hurt the sentiments of any caste or religion, Mr Kumar said ''A section of the people had twisted his remarks and launched a misleading campaign, giving a ''caste colour'' to it to brand him as an enemy of the Dalits.'' During the function in September this year, when he visited Keezhthooval village near Mudukulathoor to pay obeisance at the 'samadhi' of the five people, who were shot dead by the police in the 1950s, he had spoken only about the hard work put in by Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar in uniting the people of various communities.
He said police had prevented him from going to the village to pay homage at the 'samadhis' as a group of armed people were waiting to attack him. However, he was taken to the village through a different route at that time.
''This time there was no such information in advance when the armed gang was waititing to attack me. Since, Mr Krishnasamy was travelling in the front car, the mob mistook him as me (Mr Kumar) and attacked him,'' he added.
When he realised that something amiss was happening, he got down from his car only to see the mob, wearing headlights on their foreheads and chasing to eliminate him.
''However, I managed to escape in another car,'' Mr Kumar said adding that by the grace of Late Muthuramalinga Thevar, I had a providential escape.
The attack, targeted at him was part of a conspiracy hatched by some vested-interests, who were ''jealous'' of his political growth, he added.