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Party leaders’ hotel rooms searched without warrant: AIADMK


Chennai : The AIADMK Saturday said police had searched without a warrant the hotel rooms of party leaders, including former chief minister O. Panneerselvam, in Tiruchendur, where they were campaigning for the Dec 19 by-polls.

In a complaint faxed to the Chief Election Commissioner Saturday, K.A. Sengottaiyan, the AIADMK whip in the state assembly, said the rooms he and Panneerselvam were staying in at the Mini Sivamurugan Hotel at Tiruchendur were raided at about 1.45 a.m. by S.S. Krishnamoorthy, Inspector General of Police (South Zone) and his subordinates.

Alleging the search was conducted on the directions of union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M.K.Alagiri to “embarrass” him and other party leaders, Sengottaiyan accused Krishnamoorthy of “acting in a biased manner under the instructions of the ruling DMK party”.

Asking the Election Commission to deploy a large contingent of central paramilitary forces for the peaceful conduct of the by-polls in Tiruchendur, he urged that Krishnamoorthy be suspended and two other police officers be transferred out of Tuticorin district.