M.A.S.E.S had exposed the student’s agitation in Thiruchengode following a student’s death in campus. https://masessaynotosexism.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/student-raped-by-4-college-staffs-seeking-justice/
After MASES had posted this news, there was a counter response in F.B from Namakkal4u.com saying that the news about rape is a rumor. https://masessaynotosexism.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/gayathris-murder-news-few-explanation/
There were abusive comments posted in the blog-post, but there were also concern and outcry expressed in the comments. I had written personally to those people who expressed their deep concerns about the steps taken by MASES, I even spoke to a person who said he is deeply hurt by this oppression by Management against further investigation.
From the day this news was posted I had been talking to many people and was exploring the next step. I was checking with few people to organize fact finding team. Each of them had their own Ideas and agendas which has actually put me in depression, because I could not arrive at a concrete plan. (The. no. of phone calls I have made to different people talking about this and wanting to go further is limitless). Later I was told that a Progressive organization and a student’s organization is also working on this case.
Yesterday I received a call from an important activist who shared with me that a protest is going to be staged which gave me some relief. Today I notice that a protest has been staged by ‘Aadhi Thamizhar Peravai’ outside collector’s office.
MASES is in Solidarity with ‘Aadhi Thamizhar Peravai’
Protest seeking CB-CID probe into student’s death turns violent
Police suspect that persons attached to Adi Tamilar Peravai could have torched it
Police chased away protestors belonging to the Adi Tamilar Peravai (ATP), who pelted stones on them at the demonstration held in front of the Collectorate in Namakkal on Monday.
Protestors led by ATP founder president R. Adhiyaman blocked vehicles on the busy Tiruchengode Road in front of the Collectorate, seeking CB-CID inquiry into the death of V. Gayathri (19), who was found hanging in her college hostel in Tiruchengode earlier this month.
About 800 people, including relatives of the girl and party cadre, staged a demonstration for which they had not obtained police permission.
Namakkal Deputy Superintendent of Police P. Annamalai tried to pacify the crowd, but in vain. Vehicle movement came to a standstill following the protest.
The demonstrators fled the spot after police arrested Adhiyaman and a few others. Police arrested 322 people, including 17 women. They were taken to a marriage hall at Nallipalayam. They were later released.
Meanwhile, a government bus attached to Kumbakonam Division that was parked for repair at Ayyampalayam, near the Collectorate, was torched by miscreants, who reportedly threw a petrol bomb into it.
Fire service personnel put out the fire, but by then half the bus was damaged.
The incident took place a couple of hours after the arrests. While no direct link between the arrests and the fire incident could be established, police suspect that persons attached to ATP could have torched it.
A few youth attached to ATP were picked up for preliminary investigation. Salem Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjay Kumar, Namakkal Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal, and Namakkal Regional Transport Officer R. Rajinikanth visited the spot.
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