As there is no let up to the violence in the northern districts even after the release of PMK leader S. Ramadoss, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Monday that her government would not hesitate to ban the political party that indulged in violence, created law and order problem, damaged public property and disturbed peace.
She also said that steps would be taken to recover from the PMK, the cost of the damage caused to the public properties under the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act, 1992.
“The government would calculate the damage and take steps to recover the amount from the PMK,” she said while replying to a special calling attention motion moved by the Opposition on the violence incidents in northern districts.
Ms Jayalalithaa said her government would not tolerate the illegal activities of the PMK and would invoke Goondas Act and National Security Act (NSA) against perpetrators of violence and their instigators.
Recalling the developments that led to the arrest of PMK leaders including Dr Ramadoss, his son and former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and detention of PMK MLA Katuvetti J. Guru under NSA and the violence that followed, Ms Jayalalithaa said public properties worth crores of rupees had been destroyed in the violence unleashed by the PMK men.
Sixteen vehicles including 14 buses were burnt and a driver died of burn injuries. A driver and a passenger were killed in stone-throwing incident and 11 others were injured. A total of 853 vehicles were damaged. Moreover 120 trees were felled and another 45 trees were burnt.
“On the one hand they are claiming to plant trees under the auspicious of Pasumai Thayagam and on the other hand they are destroying them. It is a classic case of devil quoting the scriptures,” she said.
The Chief Minister said bus services were severely hit on the national and state highways during the night.