Arrest who encroaches, not the activists who fight against illegal encroachments
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The Commissioner Of Police - Greater Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
We understand that Mr Nakkeeran from Arappor Iyakkam has been arrested on 11/1/2017 around 4:30 AM from his residence at Rayala Nagar Police, taken to Central Crime Branch, and after producing before the Judicial Magistrate, Poonamallee, later been remanded to Puzhal Central Prison. The FIR states that he was arrested for Crime No. 1439 of 2017 dated 28.10.2017 FIR offices under section (u/s) 143, 147, 149, 504, 294(b), 323, 506(1) IPC. Having closely followed his social works in the recent past and the purpose of the specific public meeting that resulted in his arrest, it is both shocking and disappointing to see this act of the esteemed Tamil Nadu Police.
As Non Resident Indians interested in the welfare of TamilNadu, we have been very closely watching the progress & social issues in our state of Tamil Nadu. We hope you would agree that, amidst of all chaos, it is these selfless people who have been legally fighting corruptions & anti-social elements, that keep up our hopes for a better tomorrow. We understand that Mr Nakkeeran has been in social work for long and has been instrumental in working with and help police on traffic awareness drives for more than 5 years now. He has been recently instrumental in bringing out Corruption in Government Hospitals, irregularity in laying of roads and illegal encroachments. Following which this meeting was gathered in an intent to have a healthy conversation with the MLA of the constituency and the public.
We understand that the Arappor team obtained permission to host the meeting on 28th Oct at Ramapuram but has been charged with unlawful assembly. The public gathering was to create awareness and let the common mass understand that we the people are empowered to question unlawful encroachment, in a democratic nation. We happened to watch entire recorded event of the “Vaanga Kaetpom” , the specific speech by Mr Nakkeeran and chaos created by the politically motivated strangers. Evidently anyone can affirm that there were no act of what has been complained against Mr Nakkeeran. Even yet arresting Mr Nakkeeran clearly indicates that this has been politically motivated, as the intent of the event was to raise awareness on poor roads in the area and encroachment & illegal construction of Kalasathi Amman temple by different political wings. We understand that the Corporation has given lock and seal notice to the said encroachment and tehsildhar has already confirmed in a letter to Arappor Iyakkam that the temple has encroached on to the road.
Given the series of events that lead to the arrest of Mr Nakkeeran and false charges filed against him, we request your intervention immediately. We the NRIs living in various countries would like to urge you to immediately drop all charges against Mr. Nakkeeran and release him with immediate effect.
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