Nanguneri villagers gather DMK MLA, confiscate Rs 2.8 lakh in cash

MADURAI: The villagers of Ambalam, near the segment of the assembly of Nanguneri, surrounded on Thursday a house and confiscated uncounted cash, which the electoral officials put in Rs 2.78 lakh, of DMK MLA KS Saravanakumar and cadres of their party, as well as The congress. Saravanakumar, who represents Periyakulam in, admitted that he and the cadres were sleeping there in the afternoon when the mob attacked them. He accused the villagers of stealing their money, jewelry and mobile phones.

Authorities said this was the fourth incident of seizing cash from political parties, bringing the total to Rs 3.98,700. The villagers picketed the house behind Tasmac's exit at night after confiscating the 2,000 Rs notes in their possession. They besieged the eight people in the house, including the MLA, took their phones and made sure their SUVs were not moved from the place. The men who had the money claimed that it was for their expenses and not for bribes. Saravanan said he will file a complaint with the police seeking measures against the attackers. There were about 50 people, he said.

The district collector and district election officer Shilpa Prabhakar Satish told TOI that they received a complaint at the villagers' electoral control around 4.20 pm and that a flying squad team (FST) rushed to the scene and recovered the money. “There were 139 coins in the denomination of Rs 2,000. There was a complaint that there was more money in the house, ”he said. She said the FST is not authorized to enter and register any premises. We informed the Income Tax (IT) department and they assigned an officer to carry out the search and take charge of the investigation, he added. It was learned that an IT officer arrived at the house late in the afternoon and began consultations.

The nodal officer of the control room and the code of conduct, Michael Antony Fernando, said that this was the fourth incident in which election officials in Nanguneri caught the cash by votes. They include two against the DMK-Congress. The first incident was on October 15 when the FST confiscated Rs 31,700 from Mariappan, son of Subbukutti, and three others near Kalakkad. Mariappan of AIADMK, son of Sokkalingam, and two others were also signed by the police the same day. They were confiscated an amount of Rs 39,000. In another incident, Rs 50,000 was abandoned by five unidentified people while fleeing the scene at the Pathmaneri bus stop upon seeing the FST.

Kalakkad police recorded cases related to the first three incidents under Sections 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly) and 171 (E) (punishment for bribery) read with 171 (B) (bribe) of section 123 of The Representation of the People Act. A case regarding the incident on Thursday had not yet been registered.