TN leaders lambast police for inaction during clash

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Chennai, Nov 13 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu police came under severe attack from leaders of various political parties for being turning a blind eye to the clash between two groups of students at the Law college here last evening.

Four students who were injured in the clash were fighting for their life in hospital.

The leaders, including the Opposition AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa, PMK founder-leader Dr S Ramadoss, Marumalarchi DMK leader Vaiko and Left party leaders N Varadarajan and D Pandian launched a scathing attack against the police for alleged dereliction of duty and demanded stern action against them.

Ms Jayalalithaa and Mr Vaiko, expressing shock over the incident, said the Chief Minister, being in-charge of the police should own moral responsibility for the incident and resign.

Yesterday's incident was yet another proof of deterioration in law and order situation the state, Ms Jayalalithaa said, adding people had already lost faith in the police and the Law college incident would badly affect their mindset.

In a statement, she said more than 50 police personnel were present in front of the Law college when incident occurred, but they stood in silence as if they were watching a movie, when the two groups clashed.

Asking whether the police has been deputed to remain mere spectators, Ms Jayalalithaa demanded that all police personnel who were present at the scene, be placed under suspension and disciplinary proceedings initiated against them.

Dr Ramadoss, in a statement said the whole of Tamil Nadu was shocked after watching on television channels, the bloody clash, right in front of the police. The police had failed miserably to protect law and order, he said.

Mr Vaiko, in his statement said the inaction on the part of the police, posed a serious question, whether ''we are living in a nation or jungle''.

He said the police were watching the two hour-long clashes and the people of the state had frozen in utter shock after seeing the incident on the television channels.

He said the Chief Minister should own responsibility and step down for heading the inept police and for creating a sense of insecurity in the minds of the people.

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