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Union Minister demands information on those arrested in funeral violence

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Union minister and BJP leader, Pon Radhakrishnan today sought to know, from the police department, the whereabouts of those arrested in the aftermath of the violence that erupted during the funeral of Hindu Munnani functionary C Sasikumar on September 23.

The families and relatives of those arrested were running from pillar to post to know about the wellbeing of their wards, as more than one week has passed without information, Radhakrishnan told reporters here.

Stating that the arrested were lodged in various prisons across the state, including Tiruchirapalli, Erode and Coimbatore, he asked the police to release the list of the arrested, which includes nearly 200 from Thudiyalur alone, and information on where they are lodged.

Moreover, he said, many of the arrested are innocent persons from the BJP who were to file nominations for the ensuing local body elections. Some of them will now not be able to contest the polls as FIRs have been filed against them, he noted.

Radhakrishnan refused to reply to questions on conditions of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, or of former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, who is on a fast in Bengaluru on the Cauvery issue.

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