Jaya condemn's detonator explosion, L

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Chennai, Mar 30 (UNI) AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa today condemned yesterday's detonator explosion at the railway track near Krishnagiri and alleged that it was yet another instance of deteriorating law and order in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement here, she said the State remained a 'haven of peace' during the previous AIADMK regime following the killing of forest brigand Veerappan and fundamentalists like Imam Ali, leading to Industrial development.

''But the situation was on the contrary after the DMK came to power and the State has become an arms jungle,'' she alleged and added that the blast at the railway track between Samalpatti and Thasampatti near Oothangarai, a place once a beehive of naxal activity, was an example to it.

She said 13 detonators were tied to the track with an iron wire and it exploded when the Patna-Ernakulam express passed through.

''Luckily the passengers had a narrow escape as seven of the 13 detonators did not explode,'' she said and claimed that the detonators were manufactured at the Tamil Nadu Explosives Limited and there were reports about involvement of naxals in the explosion.

She recalled that it was at Oothangarai that a top naxal leader was shot dead during her regime.

With the alleged infiltration of activists of the banned LTTE and the naxal, terror activities were on the rise in the State, Ms Jayalalithaa claimed, and urged Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to take concrete steps to provide security to the people.


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