TNCC headquarters comes under thick security cover

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Chennai, Nov 12 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Congress Commitee (TNCC) headquarters ''Sathyamurthy Bhavan'' today came under thick security cover with the deployment of a large posse of police personnel in the wake of yesterday's incident of stabbing of Tamil Nadu Youth Congress President Mayura S Jayakumar due to a factional feud.

It was for the first time ever that a large number of police personnel were deployed to provide security there, party and police sources said.

The heightened security measures were put in place to prevent any untoward incident ahead of the adjourned meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) which was scheduled to commence later today.

Party workers thronging the office were subjected to thorough verification before being allowed inside.

''Adequate police personnel were deployed on bandobust duty to prevent any untoward incident,'' police sources said.

Mr Jayakumar, a staunch loyalist of Union Minister G K Vasan, and two others sustained injuries when they were stabbed by a 20-member armed gang, in his Chamber. The attack was led by ''Saidai'' Williams, said to be close to MLA Dr M K Vishnu Prasad, son of TNCC President M Krishnasamy.

Mr Jayakumar's decision to expel six functionaries, owing allegiance to the group headed by Dr Vishnu, for their ''inactive'' role in the party was said to be the reason behind the attack.

Police after holding an inquest filed an FIR against 19 people and arrested Williams and his aide Mohan last night. Dr Vishnu Prasad was cited as the prime accused and Williams as the second accused.

Meanwhile, party legislators started trickling into Satyamoorthy Bhavan to attend the CLP meeting, which was abruptly adjourned yesterday following the stabbing of Mr Jayakumar.

AICC Youth Congress Secretary and Tamil Nadu in-charge Srikandan visited the party headquarters and held discussions with youth Congress leaders about yesterday's attack. He was scheduled to submit a report to the party high command on the attack and the subsequent developments.

UNI

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