Violence erupts in Tamil Nadu as court rejects Jayalithaa’s bail plea

Wide spread attacks and protests erupted in Tamil Nadu after the Karnataka High Court rejected the bail petition of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was sentenced to four-year jail term and a Rs 100 crore fine in a disproportionate asset case on September 27.

Violence erupts in Tamil Nadu as court rejects Jayalithaa’s bail plea

With in an hour of rejecting of the bail petition, violence erupted across the state.

Initially after the media reported that HC had granted her a conditional bail, quoting AIADMK lawyers, hundreds of cadres started thronging the party supremo’s Poes Garden residence. However, the celebrations and bursting hundreds of crackers was short-lived and vanished in no time when the news confirming the rejection of her bail plea came in.

The mob gathered for the celebrations are holding protests across the city while at the AIADMK headquarters, 2kms away from her residence, a dozen of AIADMK ministers and senior leaders were seen sitting mournfully before the television.”We will approach the chief justice of Karnataka high court before moving to Supreme Court,” said a senior party leader.

With in an hour of rejecting of the bail petition, violence erupted across the state. Data Uduppi hotel in Chennai city reportedly owned by a Karnataka group was attacked by a group of AIADMK sympathisers. Police also confirmed at least half a dozen incidents of attacks and stone pelting on Karnataka registration vehicles and Karnataka transport corporation buses in Trichy and Dindigul within two hours of the judgement. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam issued a statement requesting the public to restrain from any kind of violence, protests and bandh calls. He told media that the law and order situation is very much under control of his government. On Tuesday morning, posters put out by AIADMK south Chennai leadership threatened that people from Karnataka will be held hostage if the bail is denied. Later, the police directed the party men to remove the posters after the Bangalore police officials alerted the Chennai city police commissioner S George. Following complaints of police’s inaction from different corners, DGP K Ramanujam had also interevend and directed officers to alert all the printing press facilities in city and party cadres to restrain from any such attempts of spreading hate messages and threats against Karnataka.