Derogatory remarks against MGR and Jayalalithaa: AIADMK cadres ransacked Nakkeeran office and burned copies in the entire state
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Kazhagam(AIADMK) cadres has showed anger against popular 'Nakkeeran"by weekly on Saturday and ransacked its office for publishing defamatory article defaming late chief minister and founder leader of the AIADMK MGR and the chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
The party workers also taken out the magazine from the shops in the entire state and burned it.
Party-men in the state burnt copies of the publication to protest against its description of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa as a "beef-eater" in the latest issue. AIADMK men assembled outside Nakkheeran's office and shouted slogans against the magazine for tarnishing the image of their leader.
Jayalalithaa a 'Beef-Eating Person and fed to MGR
The magazine had described Jayalalithaa as a "beef-eating" person and fed to MGR capable of taking on anybody, which in turn infuriated the party cadres.
Some vehicles parked near the magazine office were also damaged and tension prevailed in the area for a long time.
The magazine editor R. Gopal said AIADMK men came in the morning and assaulted the watchman and hurled stones and soda bottles at the office.
He said those having divergent views on the article can resort to legal action which the magazine is ready to face.
Meanwhile, AIADMK's organising secretary and former minister C. Ponnaiyan, in a statement issued here, condemned the magazine's publishers and the editor, saying the article was published to tarnish the image of Jayalalithaa.
He said AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) had never said that Jayalalithaa is a beef eater.
Ponnaiyan said both MGR and Jayalalithaa were not beef eaters.
"Legal action will be taken against the owner, publisher and the editor of the magazine for publishing such a false article," Ponnaiyan said.
An AIDMK cadre said: "Fair comment and criticism are welcome. But irresponsible and false reportage are not allowed in the name of freedom of expression."
Condemning the attack on the magazine office, DMK president M. Karunanidhi said in a statement that such attacks were not acceptable in a democratic country.
Chennai police made no arrest till Saturday night following the attack on the office of Nakkheeran.
However, police sources said, there is no complaint lodged by the authorities of the magazine following the attack but had requested for police protection for their office fearing more such attacks.
On Saturday afternoon, a group of AIADMK lawyers met the Commissioner of Police J.K. Tripathy and submitted a petition urging him to take immediate action against Mr. Gopal.
They also snatched copies of the magazine from many newsstands and threatened shopkeepers not to sell the magazine hereafter, police sources added.
- Asian Tribune -