Cong leaders were unaware of chief's visit: Report

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Chennai, Nov 20 (UNI) Local Congress leaders had no information about the visit of TNCC President M Krishnassamy, when he was stabbed at Keezhkannicheri, near Mudukalathur in Ramathanapuram district of Tamil Nadu on the night of October 29, according to the Farooqui committee.

The committee headed by senior IAS officer M F Farooqui enquiring into the incident, in its report, said neither the party's Ramanathapuram District Secretary nor the local Congress legislators were aware of Mr Krishnasamy's visit to the town on the fateful day.

Mr Krishnasamy, who was on his way to take part in a function, organised in connection with the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar, was stabbed in his stomach by an armed gang, after waylaying his convoy.

Mr Farooqui, who presented the report to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi yesterday, said those who had organised the function also did not inform the local police nor obtained prior police permission.

However, when unprecedented security arrangements were made for the Thevar Jayanthi, the local Inspector of Police A Varadarajan, after seeing the wall posters and hoardings about the visit of TNCC President, should have been more alert and brought the visit of the Congress leader to the attention of higher authorities, Mr Farooqui said.

As the police officer failed to take precautionary measures departmental action could be initiated against him, he said.

Following the stabbing incident, Mr Farooqui suggested that leaders of all recognised political parties could be provided security, unmindful of the threat faced by them.

Chief Minister, who discussed the report with Chief Secretary and other senior officials, ordered to take suitable actions based on the report. It was also decided to upgrade the local police stations.

UNI

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