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Paramakudi firing result of police excesses: BJP

india Updated: Sep 17, 2011 15:03 IST

A BJP team which visited Paramakudi, the scene of the September 11 police firing in which seven persons were killed, on Saturday said the incident was a result of "police excesses" and could have been avoided.

The team, which included BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman and Lok Sabha MPs Arjun Ram Meghwal and Kirit Solanki, condemned the firing and claimed that even after the incident people were targeted by police during the night.

"We condemn the incident. Police action was not desirable. Knowing pretty well that it (Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran's death anniversary) is an annual event, police should have made proper arrangements," Meghwal told reporters here.

Alleging "complete mismanagement" on part of the police, Meghwal, citing his interaction with the people, alleged that the force did not use other measures such as lobbing teargas, using lathicharge or warning the people before firing on them.

"This is a clear-cut case of police excesses which could have been avoided," he said, adding that Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa should visit the area where the firing took place.

Meghwal also claimed that the team's request to meet the Tamil Nadu chief secretary and DGP were turned down.

Seven 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.