More than one source has mentioned that there are more than 10,000 gun-wielding terrorists out in the open in the State who deal in brown sugar and other dreaded narcotics.
This is not hearsay. The shocking truth was disclosed by two senior members of the Indian government. Dr Subramanian Swamy, senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) said on Saturday that there were more than 10,000 gun-wielding terrorists roaming all over Tamil Nadu
Pon Radhakrishnan, Union minister for finance, surface transport, and shipping, disclosed that he was privy to information about the activities of terrorists, anti-national elements, and Maoists in the State.
Dr Swamy also disclosed that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy (EPS) seems to be aware of the happenings and action is being taken to control the activities of the terrorists.
Saturday saw Dr Swamy going all the way by offering documentary evidence about the activities of terrorists and extremists in Tamil Nadu. “The recent riots in Thoothukudi demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper was stage-managed by terrorists and Maoists. They instigated the poor and innocent villagers to riot which resulted in police firing. The riots claimed the lives of 13 persons out of which eight were hardcore terrorists. It is unfortunate that five innocents too lost their lives,” said Dr Swamy.
He said that residents of two villages in the district have approached the administration complaining that Left Wing activists had forced them to join the “peaceful demonstration” against Sterlite Copper. “The villagers were against any kind of demonstrations. But these Maoists told them that the demonstration would be peaceful. It was only after the breaking out of the riots that the villagers understood the fact that they were taken for a ride by these terrorists,” Dr Swamy told Thanthi TV, a news channel.
He also disclosed that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy (EPS) seems to be aware of the happenings and action is being taken to control the activities of the terrorists. “I want the State government led by Chief Minister EPS to take strong action against them lest the situation goes out of control,” said Swamy.
Dr Swamy reminded the people about the dismissal of the Karunanidhi government in 1991 by the Centre following the nexus between the DMK and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the State.
The statement by the senior BJP leader came hardly 24 hours after the Union Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan saying that terrorists were opposing various governmental projects in the State.
Radhakrishnan had taken strong exception to the role being played by a section of media in Tamil Nadu by blacking out certain news which is detrimental to the interests of Maoists and terrorists.
Hundreds of residents from Madathur village in Thoothukudi have approached the District Legal Service Authority with a complaint that they were ‘brainwashed’ by one of the Left outfits to stage a demonstration in front of the district collectorate. The demonstration was followed by large-scale violence that culminated in police firing and in the death of 13 persons.
“Two advocates and their associates belonging to Makkal Adhikaram (People’s Power) changed our hearts in favor of besieging the district collectorate, The lawyers are now claiming that they had nothing to do with the protest and this has caused fear among us,” said the petition filed by the villagers with the DLSA.
D Pon Pandi of Madathur village said the police had registered 40 cases against him though he was in no way associated with the violence. Similarly, hundreds of fishermen from Trespuram too had approached the DLSA with a complaint against Makkal Adhikaram for “intruding into their village to foment trouble”.
During a discussion in the Legislative Assembly early this week, Chief Minister Palaniswamy did not refute the charges made by Pon Radhakrishnan that Tamil Nadu has become a safe haven for terrorists and anti-national outfits.
While M K Stalin, leader of the opposition blamed the chief minister for not condemning the union minister’s statement, Palaniswamy indirectly hinted that the State is having problems because of certain groups. “Some groups are operating with the motive of creating trouble and gaining prominence through it. Some problems are arising because of this,” Palaniswamy had told the House.
He also told the House that activities of banned organizations such as ISIS were being monitored. “The State police along with the National Investigating Agency has arrested seven persons who were in touch with the ISIS,” said Palaniswamy who chose not to refute the charges made by Dr Swamy as well as union minister Radhakrishnan.
Radhakrishnan had taken strong exception to the role being played by a section of media in Tamil Nadu by blacking out certain news which is detrimental to the interests of Maoists and terrorists. “These media houses (both print and visual) black out certain news which exposes the role of Maoists and anti-national elements. The declaration made by Paramakudi Kalidas, a Maoist leader who was arrested by the Police recently was blacked out by most of the media. Kalidas had declared that the Maoists were on the verge of seizing power in Tamil Nadu. He had also confessed to the investigators that efforts were in full swing to convert Tamil Nadu into a Maoist Land. A few vernacular dailies had carried this news while the mainstream media chose to ignore it,” Radhakrishnan had said.
“The syndicate, named Journalists For Change would act as a breeding/ training ground for young journalists who would be indoctrinated with anti-Modi and anti-Hindutva ideologies.”
The role of media in Tamil Nadu has become dubious with the formation of Alliance for Media Freedom. N Ram, proprietor of The Hindu, the pro-CPI-M daily and Arun Ram, Tamil Nadu editor of Times of India (both known fellow travelers of the CPI-M) were the main architects of the “Alliance for Media Freedom”. Both the Rams alleged recently that the AIADMK government has unleashed oppressive measures against the media in the State for reporting about demonstrations being staged against the anti-people movements.
What prompted them to give shape to such an alliance was the alleged backlash by the government against media professionals who reported about the “resentment” against the eight-lane Chennai-Salem expressway and the Thoothukudi riots. A TV crew belonging to a vernacular news channel was detained by the police when they interfered in the survey work being undertaken by the revenue department in villages in Salem as a prelude to the acquisition of land for the express highway.
But M R Subramanian, a widely respected journalist who toured the entire stretch of Salem, Thiruvannamalai districts found that mainstream media is widely off the mark in reporting about the opposition to the Chennai-Salem expressway project. “The Tamil Nadu government should ensure the villagers that they would be provided suitable compensation for the land being acquired for the project. I did not see any opposition or demonstration against the land survey being held in the stretch,” said Subramanian in his dispatch from the Tamil Nadu districts. The detailed feature authored by Subramanian has been published in the July issue of Swarajya.
The Alliance for Media Freedom would be headed by Peer Mohammed, the chief operating officer cum chief editor of Ippothu, an electronics digital platform. Peer Mohammed said he would bring together all journalists in the State under one umbrella. “It is the need of the hour. We may believe in different ideologies but all of us are trying to bring out the truth. The authorities are trying to hush up the truth and we have to oppose this trend tooth and nail,” he said.
According to Peer Mohammed, the AIADMK government tried to hush up the news about the police firing at Thoothukudi and also the demonstrations against the Salem-Chennai expressway. But he could not give any details about the authorities behind the mission to black out such news. Interestingly, it was Rajesh, the Thoothukudi based journalist of The Hindu who said in his report, which appeared in the next day of the police firing, how certain rioters snatched his camera, deleted the pictures he had filmed, and gave it back to him. Rajesh has not said that they were from the government.
The Alliance for Media Freedom appears to be an organization masterminded by Ram and Ram to spread false news against the BJP government at the Centre. They will start by launching attacks on the AIADMK government and promote Stalin as the next chief ministerial candidate. The Alliance for Media Freedom’s main objective is to manipulate, distort and misinterpret news and developments so that only anti-government news would be carried by the mainstream media in Tamil Nadu.
Yet another media syndicate has been formed by Asif of News 18 TV Channel. “The syndicate, named Journalists For Change would act as a breeding/ training ground for young journalists who would be indoctrinated with anti-Modi and anti-Hindutva ideologies,” said a colleague of Asif who is helping him to build up a training module for the mission.
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