'Police failed to provide protection to BJP leaders'

By PTI Published on Mar 24, 2018 10:17 AM IST

Coimbatore: Tamilnadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundarajan alleged that police have failed to take action against miscreants targetting party leaders and workers in the State, "despite getting intelligence reports."

"It is an irony that BJP leaders and workers, who are victims of the attack, are at the receiving end and also being punished," she said.

"Despite intelligence reports, police failed to act against miscreants, the latest incident being the hurling of a petrol bomb recently on the house of Coimbatore District BJP chief C R Nandakumar," she said, addressing party workers during a demonstration here.

She was among 650 BJP workers detained for attempting to stage a demonstration here, protesting against police 'inaction' in protecting party cadres, particularly on the recent attack on the house of Nandakumar.

Tamilisai, who led the demonstration, also alleged that many persons having link with terror outfits were arrested from Coimbatore by the National Investigation Agency.

On 21 March, miscreants had hurled a petrol bomb at the residence of Nandakumar at around 3am when he was sleeping. None was injured and only a car parked in the house was damaged in the attack.

The BJP had then announced that a demonstration would be held here on 23 March to draw the attention of Chief Minister K Palaniswami to 'negligence' by police to provide protection.

The 21 March attack came close on the heels of the 7 March incident when two petrol bombs were hurled at the party's district headquarters here in which also no one was injured.

Police had said that they suspected the attack could be in retaliation to vandalism of statues of leaders, including rationalist icon 'Periyar' E V Ramasamy, or against the "Ram Rajya Rath Yatra", which entered Tamilnadu on Tuesday