TN Govt-Dismiss ADSP Pandiarajan for Police brutality against women & peaceful protesters
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People, largely women were protesting peacefully against the 'about to arrive' Govt run liquor shop(TASMAC outlet) to Samalapuram village in Sulur near Coimbatore. Since the Supreme Court ordered that liquor shops within 500 metres of the highway roads have to be removed, the TN Govt department TASMAC had chosen this village, which is off the highway, but the citizens living there protested against it owing to the nuisance and drunken customers' misbehaviour towards their women and children. Neither action was taken to close the shop, nor the protesters were given any democratic response, but suddenly the ADSP Mr.Pandiarajan who was in charge of the situation, unleashed violence on the women and other protesters in a very aggressive manner using batons(lathi) and hands to slap and beat women standing by the side of the road.
All these happened even when press camera persons were video-shooting the incidents; meaning which the police official in charge had no fear against higher officials or the court taking cognisance of his violent and undemocratic action, and was carrying this out with utmost disrespect to democracy and people's right to assemble for a peaceful protest. ADSP Pandiarajan swirling his baton and hands to hit women demonstrates that he has lost his mind and stability to function as a senior police official and hence we request you to dismiss him from the force as opposed to merely suspending him, as otherwise it would set a wrong precedent that policemen can beat the public anywhere and for anything. Suspension and transfer are merely going to give the police official only a break but not a lesson that he cannot repeat this anymore.
We anticipate that your good office will restore people's faith in democracy by removing him from the force and save the honour of the Tamil Nadu Police Department.
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