The Greater Chennai city police have swooped down on eight persons, all members of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, for attempting to throw petrol bombs at the residence of Editor of Thuglak magazine, S Gurumurthy, on Sunday.
Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan, who visited the spot, lauded the security personnel for foiling the petrol bomb attack bid. Special teams formed by the Commissioner arrested Sasikumar (33), Janardhanan (36), Balu (30), Tamizh (23), Prasanth (23), Sakthi (22) Deepan (32) and Vasudevan (32).
A police release said that several cases were pending against Sasikumar, including the Woodlands Hotel and Sathyam theatre petrol bomb attack cases. Police arrested the eight–all said to be members of Thanthai
Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK)–based on the CCTV footages
collected from the area.
Early on Sunday, the arrested persons had reached Gurumurthy’s house at Varadharajapuram in Mylapore, with an alleged plan to carry out the attack.
But when Sasikumar, who had his face covered, started getting closer to the gate with petrol bombs in his bag, the dog in the compound started barking, alerting a policeman on guard duty.
The policeman Manikandan had chased after them. He also informed Mylapore station and a Deputy Commissioner of police arrived at the spot and conducted inquiries. The incident took place allegedly after Thuglak was planning to republish its articles about the controversial 1971 Salem rally.
Debates spark around the rally which as attended by ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasamy, after actor Rajinikanth spoke about it in the Golden Jubilee event of Thuglak recently. The actor had said that Hindu gods were paraded naked and garlanded with slippers.