PMK protests in Chennai: How Anbumani Ramadoss invited fresh trouble?

While the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has keenly been planning to expand its protest to demand a 20% reservation quota for the Vanniyar community in the Tamil Nadu state government jobs, on the other hand, party leader Anbumani Ramadoss has invited trouble as the state law enforcement agency has initiated legal action against the PMK leaders for breaching its orders. 

The supporters and cadres of the PMK party had thronged to Chennai on Tuesday to stage protests with the demand while the police hadn't permitted the party to agitate. Despite the ban, hundreds of partymen had marched towards Chennai for holding large-scale protests. However, the Chennai police had installed blockades and closed the borders and entry points of the city to barricade the PMK members from entering the city. 

The impasse at the borders had caused major disruptions in the vehicle movements as hundreds of vehicles had got stuck in some of the major outskirts in Chennai. While the partymen had pelted stones against the vehicles, the party members in Chennai had gathered before the Monroe statue near the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) office in the city. 

PMK leaders Anbumani Ramadoss, GK Mani, and AK Murthy and several party workers had staged protests in Chennai demanding the government to pass the reservation quota for the Vanniyar community, which is the larger vote base for the party, and the protests have come at a high time ahead of the state assembly polls. PMK leaders had staged the protests by breaching the police order. 

On Wednesday, the Triplicane police in Chennai had registered a case against Anbumani Ramadoss, Mani, Murthy, and hundreds of partymen for staging protests without permission. The police department had said that the PMK leaders have been booked under sections 143- unlawful assembly, 341- wrongful restraint, 269 - unlawfully likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to the life of the IPC and section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act. 

According to reports, the first information report stated that at least 848 PMK workers, including PMK functionaries Vanniyaperumal, Kesavan, Ramesh, and Vanniyar Sangam leader Arulmozhi were arrested and they were later released on bail. However, the report added that Anbumani, Mani, and Murthy were absconded. 

The reports say that PMK mulls to intensify the protests and the party had demonstrated at Valluvar Kottam on Wednesday and the party leader said that the party would stage the protests across the city on Thursday and Friday and the party will discuss its further course of action with its president Dr. Ramadoss. The reports say the police action against the PMK leaders has come a day after Anbumani Ramadoss had met with Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami concerning the demand.