Congress unhappy over police functioning in TN

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Chennai, Mar 28 (UNI) The Congress, an ally of the DMK-led DPA in Tamil Nadu, today put the ruling DMK in a tricky situation by criticising the functioning of the police force in the state.

Participating in the general discussion on the budget, Mr Polur Varadhan (Congress) said the police force in the state appeared to be a divided house as some officials, who failed to get extension of service like some of their colleagues, might work against the government.

Citing an example on the functioning of police, he pointed out to the theft at a temple of Lord Ganesha right opposite to his house at Adyar area in the city.

The silver jewellery adorning on the idol was robbed, he added.

Despite lodging a complaint, police were yet to take action.

''This shows that even God is not secure,'' he said, catching the DMK offguard.

The speech by Mr Varadhan came as a music to the ears of the Opposition AIADMK.

Earlier, initiating the debate, Mr R Kumaraguru (AIADMK) alleged that the law and order had deteriorated in the state under the present DMK regime and recalled the various incidents, including the attack on TNCC President M Krishnasamy, attack on Dinakaran office in Madurai, killing of DMK Tiruvarur district functionary and recently the police firing at Eraiyur in which two people were killed in a clash between two communities.

When he urged the government not to bring the unorganised sector welfare board under the Revenue department from Labour department, Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy intervened and said it was done due to administrative reasons.

The government would file an appeal before the High Court to get the interim stay vacated on the government order passed to this effect.

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