Three AIADMK workers were injured, when they were attacked by DMK men in the presence of Tamil Nadu Dairy Development Minister U Mathivanan, who allegedly 'spit' on the face of an AIADMK worker, when he questioned the Minister during an election campaign near Thirukkuvalai village in the district, tonight triggering a tense situation.
Mathivanan, who is contesting in Kilvelur assembly constituency in the district, was campaigning near the Thozhudhur bridge at Kothangudi village, when the incident occurred.
The trouble started, when an AIADMK worker M Maharavi questioned the Minister why he had not visited the area when the people were affected in the torrential rain and flood. The Minister, who got enraged over this, lost his temper and spit on Maharavi in full public view.
Soon after this, DMK workers, who were accompanying the Minister, beat up Maharavi and two other AIADMK workers - R Shanmugam (42) and R Prabakaran (40).
The escort police pelted stones on the AIADMK workers, sources said.All the three AIADMK men, who were grievously injured in the attack, were immediately rushed to the Government Hospital at Thiruthuraipoondi."I asked him why he had not visited the area during the flood.Without answering my question the minister spit on me. Then, the DMK workers roughed up me.
Still worse, the escort police also pelted stone on us," Mr Maharavi told reporters at the hospital.On information, CPI (M) Candidate for Kilvelur assembly constituency Mahalingam visited the hospital and consoled the injured AIADMK workers.Condemning the attack on AIADMK workers and the action of the Minister, Mahalingam said it was unbecoming of a Minister to spit on a person for questioning him. He also condemned the escort police for pelting stones on the AIADMK workers.
He warned that his party would resort to agitation if police did not take action against the Minister and his supporters, who attacked the AIADMK workers.A large number of police men were deployed in the village to prevent further trouble.