HC directs TN Govt to furnish security steps on Jaya's visit

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Chennai, Oct 31 (UNI) The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu Government to furnish the details of the security arrangements made during the visit of former Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa to Pasumpon, where her convoy was attacked last evening.

Ms Jayalalithaa's convoy was attacked with stones by some miscreants at Pasumpon, where she went to pay obeisance to freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar on the occasion of Thevar Jayanthi.

Alleging that adequate security was not given to Ms Jayalalithaa, who was under ''Z Plus'' security category, her counsel Navaneetha Krishnan informed Justice M Jayachandran about the incident and said security lapse had led to the attack on her convoy.

Alleging that police remained a mute spectator when the incident took place, Mr Navaneetha Krishnan sought permission to file a contempt petition against the government for non-compliance of the earlier court order in terms of security being given to her.

Additional Public Prosecutor Selvam, who was present in the court, submitted that Pasumpon Police have registered cases under section 307 (Attempt to murder) and 506 (2) (causing riots and preventing a public servant from discharging duty) of the IPC and also under Sec 3(1) of Tamil Nadu Public Property Damages (Prevention) Act in connection with the incident.

He also said police have arrested some people and that investigation was under progress.

After this, Mr Jayachandran directed Mr Selvam to inform Advocate General G Masilamani to file a detailed report of the security measures made by the police in Pasumpon during Ms Jayalalithaa's visit along with the proceedings of the security review committee on enhancing her security and adjourned the case to November five.

Ms Jayalaithaa had on October 29 moved the High Court seeking enhancement of her security following receipt of threatening letter from a Canada-based Pro-LTTE organisation that she would be eliminated if she did not stop her disinformation campaign against the banned LTTE.

Admitting the petition, the Court yesterday directed the government to furnish the details of security being given to her.

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