Chennai, Dec 8 (UNI) Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader S Ramadoss today said the ''nexus'' between politicians, police personnel and criminals was the main cause for the widespread violence in Tamil Nadu.
Addressing a seminar on 'Increasing Violence in the Country and its Solutions', organised by the Advocates Forum for Social Justice here, he said in the nexus, politicians played a major role in most of the violent incidents in the country.
The PMK leader, who had criticised the DMK Government for deterioration of law and order in the State, said ''it was once said that politics is the last resort for criminals, but now it is the first resort for them.'' Dr Ramadoss said the nexus should be broken and the police should be given a free hand to ensure maintenance of law and order. The police should be allowed to function independently and sternly while dealing with criminals and during law and order problems. ''They should be allowed to act without political intervention,'' he added.
The PMK leader also suggested that the media should act in a more sensible and responsible manner. They should avoid focusing on scenes and events that provoke violence, he said.
Dr Ramadoss, whose party had launched a tirade against drinking, said consumption of liquor was the main reason for most of the ills plaguing the country. He called for total prohibition in the State.
Parents too had a role in ensuring a crime-free society by guiding their wards in the right direction and ensuring that they become good citizens, he said, adding that ''moral values have to be inculcated in the children at a tender age.'' UNI