TN assn threatenes mass suicide against police action

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Madurai, Mar 30 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Ottar Kuravar Rights for Living Association today threatened to launch a mass suicide, in protest against the police harassment on their community people.

Talking to newspersons here, M Radhakrishnan, Coordinator of the Association, said their community people were targetted by the State Crime Branch Police for offences committed by somebody.

Mr Radhakrishnan said for any crime committed in the state, the police unnecessarily harass their community (Ottar and Kuravar) people, and even court arrest undeservingly. Some of their community people were even arrested under the 'Goondas Act', he added.

Stating that they were in the Scheduled listing of Backward community, he said still the government is not extending adequate protection to them. Since their rights for living had become a question mark, they have decided to resort to a mass suicide agitation in front of the Madurai District Collector office on April 3.

About 200 people, including women and children would commit suicide in protest against the police vendetta against their community people on the day, he added.

They have already sent a memorandum to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, State Home Secretary, DGP and Madurai District Collector about their plight.

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