Chennai, Sep 12: Tamil Nadu police have reportedly arrested CPI-M Politburo member Brinda Karat along with some All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) activists to prevent them form visiting a village which was hit by a clash between upper-caste Hindus and Dalits in 2008.
Karat along with AIDWA General Secretary Vasuki, Treasurer Jhansi Rani, State Secretary Thirumalli Rani and six others were arrested by Thirulparankundram police on Saturday, Sep 12, when they were on their way to Uthaopuram village in Madurai district.
Claiming that she had not committed any illegal act by going to the village for a private function, Karat said, "My car was blocked in the middle of the road without any reason. I asked them (police) under what order they are detaining us. They said they expect trouble in the village. I told the police that if there is trouble, you should arrest trouble-makers, not me."
While Police failed to give any reason for the arrest, Karat said she would complain to higher officials.
In 2008, a Dalit was killed in a police firing in the village last year following a clash over a dispute related to a local temple.