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Dec 20, 2008

Mayura Jayakumar Gave Petition Against Seeman

Tamil film director Seeman was arrested on Friday, once again for an inflammatory speech. This time he justified the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, besides euologising the LTTE at a December 14 meeting in Erode. Besides Seeman, who was picked up from a shooting site in Genguvarpatti village near Theni, Periyar Dravida Kazhagam president Kolathur Mani and Tamil Desiya Pothu Udamai Katchi general secretary Maniarasan, both of whom shared the stage with the director, were also arrested on a day that saw high drama unfolding at different places.


In Chennai, a car parked in Seemans house in Venkateshan Nagar was damaged by unidentified miscreants, he was burnt in effigy by Youth Congress activists at Gokulam point on Arcot Road and several top Congress leaders met police and other officials demanding his arrest. While Mani was picked up from his house in Mettur, Maniarasan, was picked up in T Nagar. In Cuddalore, activists of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) clashed with Youth Congress workers.



The arrests, however, came about only after Congress leaders put pressure on the government. TNCC president K V Thangkabalu urged the Chief Minister to order Seemans arrest and Youth Congress leader Mayura Jayakumar gave a petition to the West Zone IGP at Coimbatore The Erode police later produced Seeman and Kolathur Mani before the judicial magistrate in Erode who ordered for their remand till December 31.


They were charged under section 13 (1) b, Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act 1967 and IPC 505 (creating rumours against the state and army). Later, talking to newspersons, Seeman said that he did not speak in support of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhis assassination and asserted that speaking in support of Tamil Eelam would not create any problem in the country.. Seeman was earlier arrested, along with another film director Ameer for his speeches at Rameswaram.

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