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Re-open all Pollachi women suicide cases: Kanimozhi

IANS  |  Chennai 

(DMK) leader and member on Tuesday demanded reinvestigation into all suicides by women in town of over the past seven years following arrest of four persons in the serial sexual assault and blackmail case.

She was addressing a protest rally, organised by her party in town of the district, against police inaction in the case.

The police had denied permission for the rally, which was attended by members of the DMK as well as its allies the Marumalarchi (MDMK) and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).

was taken into custody after her speech and released later.

Speaking at the rally, said, "Many women were blackmailed. The crime has been going on for the past seven years. There would be a bigger network of criminals, not just the four arrested persons."

She demanded that all suicide deaths in over the past seven years should be probed again.

She said it was only after DMK spoke about the AIADMK shielding its partymen allegedly involved in the case and the issue got politicised that the state's ruling party acted against its official A. Nagaraj, for assaulting a victim's brother.

According to Kanimozhi, after arresting the four accused the police had stated there were about 40 videos in their Later they said only four videos had been found, she added.

The confiscated from them have been sent for analysis, a told IANS on Tuesday.

The (Rural) Police believe there could be around 15 people involved in the sex blackmail racket.

According to the police, the accused would befriend women on the and then sexually assault and videograph them. The victims were later blackmailed for money or for physical submission. The victims include college students, home makers and working women.

of the Assembly V. Jayaraman said opposition parties were trying to tarnish his name by linking his family members to the racket.

police on Tuesday transferred the case to the (CB-CID).

District Collector K. Rajamani also passed orders to detain the four arrested in the case -- Thirunavukkarasu, Sabarirajan, Vasanthakumar and Satish -- under the Goondas Act.

Interestingly, whil in hiding Thirunavukkarasu had released a video alleging that some politicians were also involved in the case and sought its transfer to the (CBI).

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder has also submitted a memorandum to of Police (DGP) seeking proper action in the case.



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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 21:04 IST