A 36-year-old ardent supporter of ADMK's O Panneerselvam (OPS) has issued a bomb threat call on Wednesday in which he said that he has placed explosives at Salem railway station and they will explode if Panneerselvam wasn't elected as the party's General Secretary.
The concerned authorities were alerted that later, it has come to the revelation that the call was a hoax. The police had arrested him and a further probe is underway. According to reports, 36-year-old Vinod Kumar is a native of Chidambaram and works as a bus driver in Chennai. On Wednesday, a day ahead of the ADMK's General Council meeting, he made a call to the police control room.
Upon calling, Vinod Kumar threatened that bombs will explode at Salem railway station, if his leader OPS is not elected as ADMK's General Secretary. Notably, Salem is the native place of Edappadi Palaniswami against whom Panneerselvam has been locking horns over the party's leadership. After receiving the shocking call, the police team and bomb squad were alerted in Salem.
A team of officials with sniffer dogs rushed to the station and sifted the premises to locate the bombs. After hours of search, the officials had confirmed that the call was a hoax and no explosives were placed. Following the development, a manhunt was launched to arrest Vinod Kumar and he was in Chennai, the concerned police department was informed about the caller.
Police traced Vinod Kumar's number in Tambaram in Chennai and after locating him, he was arrested on Thursday - June 23 when the ADMK had concluded the General Council meeting without passing even a single resolution. Amid the leadership crisis between the top two leaders, the Edappadi Palaniswami's faction has planned to bring the resolution of unitary leadership to elevate Palaniswami as the General Secretary and the move was strongly opposed by the OPS camp.
After several twists and turns, the General Council meeting was concluded with high-voltage tensions and furores. Neither of the leaders was elevated in the party and while the OPS camp has been taking legal measures against Palaniswami's elevation, ADMK's Presidium Chairman Tamil Magan Hussain announced at Thursday's meeting that the next round of General Council meeting would be held on July 11, during which Palaniswami would be elected as the General Secretary.