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Protests on Lankan issue: Police warn of invoking Goondas act

india Updated: Feb 15, 2009 02:59 IST

As Congress, a key ally of ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu, expressed its concern over the incidents of burning the party flags and effigies of its leaders by those agitating on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, police on Saturday warned that such protesters would be booked under Goondas Act.

Those indulged in vandalism or desecration of statues, burning of effigies of leaders, attacking party offices or causing damage to public property would be detained under the Goondas Act, which does not allow the detainee to come out on bail unless a committee appointed by the government reviews the bail petition, an official press release said in Chennai.

The Congress has been facing criticism from political parties and others including advocates, accusing the UPA government at the Centre of failing to ensure a ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

Some of the protestors including a section of lawyers burnt the Congress flags and effigies of the Congress leaders during their protests for the past few days.

Statues of leaders such as former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had been desecrated and effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi had been burnt during various protests held on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Offices of Congress MLA from Vellore, C Gnanasekaran, and Rajya Sabha MP Sudharsana Nachiyappan at Madurai were also stoned. Two persons were arrested in connection with these incidents, the release said.