A 38-year-old man flung petrol ‘bombs’ at the BJP’s Tamil Nadu headquarters in Chennai on Thursday, police claimed, in an attempt to convey his ‘opposition’ to the party’s pro-NEET stance. The state branch of the BJP characterised the incident as a “film discussion,” with the police labelling the test problem as the likely motive.
K Annamalai, the president of the Saffron Party in Tamil Nadu, told reporters here that anti-national groups and fundamentalists should be jailed.
He asked that the ruling DMK engage in “self-introspection” and said that the state’s law and order had deteriorated. According to him, the attack on his party’s office is just another example of an uptick in violence and other crimes.
Since February 9 evening, the BJP president has listed incidents targeted against party functionaries and offices in different parts of the state, highlighting a “pattern.” According to Annamalai, a car of an office-bearer was burned in Nagapattinam, and offices set up to coordinate urban civic polls-related activity in Chennai, Tirupur, and Vellore were vandalised. He said that such attacks revealed a clear trend as well as a bigger criminal plot.
As a result, the police stating the test row as the motive cannot be believed, he claimed, alleging that the evidence was ‘cleaned’ by the cops. According to the BJP representative, no FIR was registered and no one from the forensic wing collected evidence for inspection. He was perplexed as to why ‘water was spilled’ over evidence-related items and then carried away by cops.
He remarked that rather than claiming that it was an act by a Goonda to indicate his disagreement to the party’s attitude on NEET, a full investigation and probe should be conducted at the crime spot.
“This sounds like a scene from a movie. The BJP demands an NIA investigation and that anti-national elements and fanatics, whoever they are, be prosecuted. Only an NIA investigation can prevent similar situations from happening again. The case should be turned over to the NIA by the Tamil Nadu government.”
The man in his thirties tossed three bottles filled with fuel at the BJP state headquarters in the early hours of the morning after setting fire to them.
The man, a well-known history-sheeter, arrived on a two-wheeler and departed the scene after throwing the bottles at the party office’s entrance. The police were promptly notified, and a team of officials investigated the scene and examined the CCTV footage. The BJP’s headquarters are at T Nagar, which is in the heart of the city. According to a city police announcement, the miscreant was identified as 38-year-old Vinoth alias ‘Karukka’ Vinoth, who is facing a number of criminal charges, including attempted murder, and was apprehended.
According to preliminary investigations, the incident has neither political or religious overtones, and Vinoth has a history of carrying out similar actions while inebriated in areas of public concern.
According to the investigation, he threw the bottles to express his displeasure with the BJP’s support for the National Entrance Cumulative Eligibility Test. The investigation is still underway.
In connection with these concerns, he threw a petrol bomb at a liquor store in 2015 and at the gate to the Teynampet police station in 2017. In both incidents, he was arrested and remanded into court custody.
Other political parties in Tamil Nadu, with the exception of the BJP, are opposed to the national entrance test for medical admissions, and on February 8, the Assembly passed a bill to bypass the exam in the state.
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