Puducherry, Jan 31: Tension prevailed at Villianur near here as a large number of people from Villianur constituency, led by village Panchayat Presidents and Commune Panchayat Councillors, defied the police prohibitory order and attempted to picket the residence of N I T Narayanasamy, Independent Legislator from the constituency, forcing the police to resort to lathi charge.
The Panchayat Presidents and Councillors had announced the picketing agitation demanding the resignation of Mr Narayanasamy as he had failed to release the money from his area development fund to the Panchayats for developmental activites. He also failed to distribute the application forms for several Government Welfare Schemes to the poor.
The police yesterday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 30(2) of the Police Act to prevent the Councillors from their agitation.
However, the Councillors yesterday announced that they would defy the police order and organise the agitation. Accordingly a large number of people from the constituency, including over 200 women, came to the residence of Mr Narayansamy and were prevented by the police. The people barged into the campus of his house and resorted to lathi charge.
Later, police arrested over 400 people including women, Panchayat Presdidents and Councillors and brought the situation under control.
On hearing about the police lathicharge on the people, former Legislator Theni C Jayakumar, along with his supporters, came to the premises near the fire service station where the arrested people were kept and held a demonstration. They protested against police lathicharge and demanded that they be arrested. However, police refused to arrest them stating that they had arrested only those who defied the prohibitory order and organised the agitation.
Meanwhile, about six women who joined the demonstration fainted and were taken to the Government General Hospital here.
Since there was no response from the police, they dispersed stating that they would be given a complaint to the higher ups.