CCTV videos come in handy to check unruly cadre behaviour

By M Bhaskar Sai Published on Sep 14, 2018 12:15 PM IST

Fracas at biriyani restaurant

Chennai: Scene 1: VCK cadres demand donation from a textile shop owner to celebrate Thol Thirumavalavan's birthday.

The vendor gets thrashed when he refuses money.

Scene 2: Staff of a restaurant deny biriyani free of cost to DMK members. They get punches on their face when they refuse to do so.

Scene 3: A mobile service centre owner is assaulted by a DMK functionary.

Scene 4: A DMK office-bearer, clad in a white shirt and dhoti, repeatedly kicks a woman inside a parlour and pushes her down.

And the list goes on...

The above, no prizes for guessing, are violent acts by cadres of political parties, which were captured by CCTV cameras and went viral on social media lately.

While the purpose of installing closed circuit surveillance system at business establishments is to identify criminals in case of thefts, CCTVs are proving to be useful in exposing the violent face of local politicians.

Though the DMK leadership had wasted no time in suspending those involved in the attacks, activists and social media users are demanding more.

At beauty parlour

"How can mere suspension be enough? They should permanently be sacked from the party if DMK president M K Stalin is really serious about providing politics with decency. Remember duty, dignity and discipline are the watchwords of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam," says K S Gunasekar, a software professional.

According to Anandaraj, an assistant professor, "Recently, during a bandh, workers of a political party were seen threatening shop owners to down their shutters. This will certainly not serve the purpose. Instead, such acts will only attract the wrath of the people who are no more ready to tolerate violence. CCTVs have become the third eye and these visuals, once uploaded on social media, will become immortal. And they will come back with renewed vigour during elections. Leaders should take note of this and show zero tolerance towards indiscipline."

A senior leader of the DMK, says, "Suspension is just the starting point of actions to be taken against erring functionaries. Besides police inquiry, the party will also probe the issues on its own and take stringent action like sacking, once the charges are proved."

In a post on social media, Stalin has warned of strict action against cadres who indulge in such anarchy. "Strong action will be taken against anyone bringing disrepute to the party," the Leader of Opposition has stated.