An FIR was registered against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Aravakurichi candidate Annamalai on Friday for his recent speech against DMK’s Karur candidate Senthil Balaji, who is also a former state minister.
The case has been registered at the Aravakurichi police station in Karur. At a recent election campaign, Annamalai threatened Senthil Balaji, stating that the DMK leader’s teeth will break if the ex-IPS officer thrashes him.
Based on his speech, a complaint was reportedly filed by the DMK with the police and an FIR has been registered under sections 153 [Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot], 506 [Criminal intimidation] of the IPC and 66 of the Information Technology Act.
In his speech, Annamalai had said, “How many frauds I would have seen. If I put a hand on you, you will change tune and say I am doing violence. I have a message for the DMK here. I'm not ready to indulge in violence. I am contesting politics in a non-violent way.”
Annamalai’s speech caused outrage in the DMK with MP Kanimozhi hitting back at Annamalai, daring him to touch the party’s members. “Annamalai has said he doesn’t want to show his Karnataka face here. He has threatened to beat Senthil Balaji. I dare you to touch a DMK cadre. No one can threaten us. If you do it, we will stand up against you and you won’t be able to bear that,” she said, while campaigning for DMK’s Bodinayakannur candidate Thanga Tamilselvan.
Annamalai is contesting against DMK’s R Elango in Aravakurichi. Senthil Balaji, former state minister in Jayalalithaa’s government is a heavyweight in Karur.