The sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stormed the residences of several functionaries of the Tamil Nadu-based Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) on Friday - February 2. The intense raids, which are first-of-its-kind for the party has become a trouble for the cadres and the party's chief Seeman, who is known for his Tamil nationalism ideology. In the wake of searches, the party has now knocked the doors of the Madras High Court against the NIA raids.
NTK functionaries Sattai Duraimurugan and Idumbavanam Karthik are among those who were brought under the scanner of the NIA, whose primary task is to counter terrorism and terror related crimes in India and it has a privilege of conducting raids and investigations without special permissions from the state governments. There have been several NIA raids in Tamil Nadu in recent times and the searches at the residences of the NTK functionaries have come when the party is beefing up its campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
According to our sources, Sattai Duraimurugan was the first point of what has become a chain of raids in Tamil Nadu. The NIA officials are searching the residences of NTK functionaries across the state, from Trichy to Tenkasi. The officials had arrived at Duraimurugan's residence in Trichy at around 6 am on Friday and in an extensive search, they have seized crucial documents based on which they targeted more functionaries of the party.
As Sattai Duraimurugan wasn't at his residence when NIA arrived for searches, the officials investigated his wife and issued summon, directing Duraimurugan to appear for further enquiries. Similar searches took place in the residences of NTK functionaries in Tenkasi, Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, and Sivaganga districts. Around fifty NTK functionaries have been brought under the radar of the central agency.
It has been reported that NIA has been conducting raids against several NTK leaders in connection with getting funds from the banned terrorist organisation, LTTE, which was active in northern parts of Sri Lanka and was fighting against the Sri Lankan regime for its arbitrary detentions and killings of Tamil people. The Indian government has labeled LTTE is a terrorist outfit and the supporters of it were closely monitored.
Seeman, who is advocating Tamil nationalism, is a supporter of LTTE and its late leader Prabhakaran. Furthermore, Seeman's NTK is seen as a political party with a strong ideological and financial support from the Tamil people living beyond India and that it has been receiving funds from those people. In the wake of receiving foreign funds, the NIA officials are sifting the residences of the NTK functionaries over the allegations whether the party is being funded by LTTE or any other banned organisations from overseas.
#WATCH | Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu: NIA conducts a raid on NTK (Naam Tamilar Party) office bearers across various locations in Tamil Nadu in connection with getting funds from the LTTE organization. pic.twitter.com/RV1Bs35oqh— ANI (@ANI) February 2, 2024
#WATCH | Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu: NIA conducts a raid at the premises of Naam Tamilar Katchi party's worker Vishnu Pratap in connection with getting funds from the LTTE organization. pic.twitter.com/kZqbVg6ZeJ— ANI (@ANI) February 2, 2024