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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 723

Paramakudi Communal Clash:Justice Sampath Commission justifies Police Firing

By Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan
Chennai, 08 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Justice K Sampath handing over his findings on Paramakudi Police Firing to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday at the State Secretariat.

The one man commission headed by Justice K Sampath has justified the police firing that took place on account of a communal clash at Paramakudi in 2011.

Justice Sampath Commission, appointed by the Tamil Nadu government to inquire into the Paramakudi police firing incident, has submitted its report to the chief minister J Jayalalithaa at the secretariat on Tuesday.

Highly placed sources said that the commission report, which has four volumes with more than 400 pages each, has justified the police action saying that it had no other option just to prevent further harm to the clash.

At Least six persons were killed on September 11 when police fired on rampaging crowds -- mostly Dalits -- which set ablaze vehicles and blocked traffic following the arrest of Dalit leader John Pandian at Vallanadu in Tuticorin district.

The Commission, appointed in September, 27, 2011, was asked to ascertain whether appropriate force was used as warranted by the circumstances and whether all prescribed formalities were observed before opening of fire, besides going into the aspect of any excesses on the part of police officials and if so, suggest action to be taken against them and recommend suitable measure to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.

According to the sources, the report of the Commission said that there would have been huge loss of property and lives if police had not opened fire to clear the mob.

Suggesting the state government to avoid such caste sensitive gatherings in future, the report said if such kind is unavoidable, the state government should take all preventive measures to prevent communal clashes.

Justice Sampath (retired), with the help of the revenue officials, had conducted through inquiry with the concerned persons in Ramanathapuram and Chennai. The Commission also inquired families of the victims, eye witnesses, and police officials and media persons.

The Commission, in its report, elaborated large scale of violence including large scale damages to public and private properties.

- Asian Tribune -

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