“Panic after Lankan’s arrest” – DMK

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(Colombo, Lankapuvath) – The Times of India news report states that the leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Muthuvel Karunanidhi yesterday (14) has stated the arrest of ISI spies and their activities in Tamil Nadu has created panic among people and asked why no arrests have been made in connection with the May 1 twin bomb blasts in a train at the Central Railway Station in which a woman was killed.

Referring to the arrest of alleged ISI spy Arun Selvarjan last week by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), he said it was not the first time “such terrorists” had been apprehended during the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) rule. He recalled that while one Thameem Ansari was arrested last year from Tiruchirappalli on espionage charges, another operative, Zakir Hussain, was nabbed here along with three of his accomplices early this year.

All of them had worked at the behest of a Pakistani Consular Official in Sri Lanka, he said. “Reports of movement of terrorists and their activities in Tamil Nadu have created panic among people”, Muthuvel Karunanidhi stressed in a statement.

He also recalled the incident when a “pipe bomb”, targeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani who was on a tour then, was found and diffused in October 2011 near Madurai.

The leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Muthuvel Karunanidhi stated that his Government had taken all steps for maintaining law and order in the state, especially on terror-prevention front.

Two key Naxal leaders wanted for many years were nabbed during his Government’s tenure between 2006-11 but the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, then Opposition Leader, had in 2008 flayed the State Government on law and order issue, he said.

She had then even alleged Tamil Nadu had become a “safe haven” for terrorists, Muthuvel Karunanidhi said. Referring to her criticism on his continuing in power after the serial blasts in Coimbatore in 1998, he sought the Chief Minister’s explanation on why none has been arrested in connection with the May 1 Central station twin bomb blasts.

Source: The Times of India

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