AIADMK candidate, TN minister attacked

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Madurai
May 10, 2004 06:34 PM IST

AIADMK nominee for Sivakasi P Kannan and TN Minister Inbatamizhan were injured, when two groups attacked them in separate incidents.

AIADMK nominee for Sivakasi parliamentary constituency P Kannan and Tamil Nadu Minister Inbatamizhan were injured, when two groups attacked them in separate incidents at Virudhunagar district on Monday, police said.

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Police said seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident in which a TV crew member was also injured.

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Police said an escort of the minister fired in the air to disperse a group which pelted stones at Inbatamizhan's car. The minister was proceeding to the spot where a clash had earlier taken place between Kannan's supporters and some MDMK and DMK volunteers at Sitthuparai.

While the minister was hospitalised, the candidate was treated and discharged.

Referring to the incident in which the candidate was injured, police said a clash broke out between the two groups after a heated exchange over a "poll survey." In the clash Kannan was injured. His supporters escorted him to safety.

In yet another incident at Tiruparankunram, fans of actor Rajinikanth and DMK volunteers clashed after the former found the volunteers reportedly pinning badges having the actor's picture on their shirts and doing election work. A police officer rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd.

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