Cops slap cases against Seeman, but NTK chief says he won’t withdraw comments

Police have filed cases against Naam Tamilar Katchi co-ordinator Seeman for ‘disrupting peace’ after he kicked up a controversy with his comments on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was booked under two sections.

While campaigning for NTK candidate K Kandasamy in Vikravandi assembly constituency, which is facing a by-poll, Seeman said, “it was we (Tamils) who assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for his anti-Tamil activities.”

He said the former Prime Minister, by deploying the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka, was responsible for the killing of Tamils in the island nation.

Terming the former PM an enemy of the Tamil race, he suggested that the death of Rajiv Gandhi on Tamil soil will be glorified in the history books.

Seeman predicted that a time will arrive when history will be rewritten to record that Rajiv Gandhi, whom he referred to as an ‘enemy of Tamils’, was killed to save the Tamil race.

The comment was shared widely on social media, particularly by influencers sympathetic to the cause of the BJP. On Monday, Tamil Nadu Congress chief delivered his all-round condemnations. Twitter handles of state BJP leaders persisted with their charge against Seeman.

The police booked him based on a complaint filed by Villupuram North District Congress Committee president R P Ramesh. Accompanied by Congress leaders including K V Thangabalu and Arani MP M K Vishnu Prasad, Ramesh met Villupuram superintendent of police and lodged complaint.

SP Jayakumar said the complaint was filed by District Congress secretary Ramesh. The Naam Tamilar Katchi leader has been booked under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.

When informed of the case against him,  Seeman refused to retract his statement. “We have seen many such cases. We will legally handle this case,” he told a Tamil channel.