MLAs head for Delhi to seek relief for PMK leader Guru


Chennai : As many as 21 PMK legislators left for New Delhi Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek relief for Vanniya community leader “Kaduvetti” J. Guru, who has been detained in Tamil Nadu.

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The legisative assembly members from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, led by party president G.K. Mani, were accompanied by Rajya Sabha member and union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who belongs to the PMK.

They are objecting to what they call the “misuse” of the National Security Act (NSA) under which Guru, a PMK leader, is being detained by the Tamil Nadu government.

“We will complain about the way the state government has acted in the arrest of Guru. The NSA is being misused,” Ramadoss told the media at the airport here Tuesday.

Besides the prime minister, they are planning to meet union Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Inflammatory statements against the state’s ruling DMK leadership by Guru, who is the Vanniyar Sangam president, had led the party to sever its alliance with the PMK June 17.

Guru was arrested July 5 at his residence in Kaduvetti village, about 300 km south of Chennai. The charges against him include attempt to murder and inciting violence.

The PMK is a constituent of the United Progress Alliance government in New Delhi, though it has fallen out with the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu.