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100 MDMK cadres held in Pondy

Pondicherry

July 12 2002

More than 100 volunteers of the Pondicherry unit of the MDMK were taken into custody when they attempted to take out a procession and hold a demonstration to protest against the arrest of their party leader Vaiko.

Those taken into custody included party’s organising secretary N Manimaran, party’s trade union leader and deputy secretary R Balasubramanian.

The protestors shouted slogans seeking immediate release of Vaiko.

DMK MLA held for staging road roko at pondy

Pondy

July 9 2002

DMK MLA R Siva was among 230 persons who were taken into custody today when they staged a road roko on the Maraimalai Adigal Salai, near the bus stand here, to urge the authorities to provide power connection to a new residential colony in Oreanpeth.

The protestors said if the power supply was not made available soon, they would intensify the stir.

The arrested were released later.

Tamil Nadu to take steps to ban MDMK.. Jayalalitha

Chennai

July 12 2002

A day after arresting MDMK general secretary Vaiko under POTA, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today toughened her stand saying she would initiate steps to ban the party for its open support to "deadly and treacherous" LTTE and ruled out any political motive behind his arrest.

Hours after Vaiko, who was arrested yesterday for his pro-LTTE utterances, was remanded to 27 days’ judicial custody by a court in Madurai, Jayalalithaa told reporters here that "It is a self-created thing. Who asked him to address a public meeting at Thirumangalam in support of the LTTE? We have prima facie case against him and all the documents will be produced in a special court to be constituted to conduct trial in the case."

Jaya said the MDMK general council at its recent executive meeting had passed a resolution that the party’s very existence was for fighting for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils and its support to the LTTE would continue. It had nothing to do for India or for Tamil Nadu, which was a dangerous trend, she added.

"We will initiate steps to get the MDMK banned," the Chief Minister said.

Denying that Vaiko was arrested for political motives, Jayalalithaa said "he is not a rival to me or to the AIADMK. His party has not won even a single seat in the last year's Assembly poll and had lost deposits in all the seats, for which by-elections were held recently."

On the BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley's remarks that action against Vaiko under POTA was unwarranted, she said "He is a good lawyer and former Law minister, but political compulsions has overridden his judgment."

Asked whether the Centre had any objections to the use of POTA against Vaiko, she said she had written a letter to Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, detailing the steps to be taken against Vaiko and also a video clipping of the remarks made by him at the Thirumangalam meeting. Advani had acknowledged her letter stating that the video clipping had been sent to his ministry for perusal.

Asked whether the Centre had extended the required support or co-ordination for the Tamil Nadu govt on the issue, she said "We did not anticipate it".

During her recent meeting with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, she had cautioned him on his approach towards the LTTE, which was famous for backtracking, she said.

Vaiko held under POTA and taken to Madurai

Chennai (madras)

July 11 2002

Amid suspense and excitement at the Chennai airport, an unfazed and belligerent general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Vaiko, was today arrested by the Tamil Nadu police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for making speeches in support of the banned militant outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

A police party from Madurai, led by the district Superintendent of Police, Ayushmani Tiwari, served the non-bailable arrest warrant on Mr. Vaiko after he emerged from the VIP lounge of the domestic terminal. He was then hurriedly taken to the waiting van for the onward journey to Madurai, where he is to be produced before the magistrate for remand tomorrow.

Mr. Vaiko is likely to be shifted to the Vellore jail on Thursday, after being remanded in the Madurai prison. Official sources told that the move was taken to preempt an influx of visitors from the southern districts to the Madurai prison.

Students protest delay in counselling schedule

Pondicherry

July 11 2002

Students who were waiting for admission to the 11th standard in govt schools during the current academic year today staged a demonstration before the Directorate of Education at Saram., protesting the delay in conducting the counselling for them.

A communication from a student federation functionary said students with SSLC pass certificates were apprehensive that they would not get seats in the first year of the + two course in govt schools. The Director of Education, G. Theva Needhi Dhas, told students that the dept would initiate necessary measures to ensure that they got admission.

The counselling was scheduled for today for those who had presented the applications belatedly.

But the authorities reportedly told them that counselling would be held after the admission process for polytechnic courses was over.