Thirumurugan was returning from Europe when he was apprehended at the Bengaluru Airport by Chennai police.

Activist Thirumurugan Gandhi arrested Vaiko and TTV condemn
news Politics Thursday, August 09, 2018 - 19:43

Activist Thirumurugan Gandhi, the founder of the May 17 Movement, was arrested in the wee hours of Thursday at the Bengaluru International Airport by Chennai police, on charges of sedition. Thirumurugan was returning from Europe after attending the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which concluded on July 7, in Geneva.

According to a report in The Hindu, the city police has registered 22 cases against him for having campaigned against the eight-lane Chennai-Salem Green Corridor project and the Thoothukudi police firing incident, which shook the state in May this year. A lookout notice was also issued across the country recently to detain him immediately.

Thirumurugan had recently talked about the Thoothukudi firings at the UN Council sessions.

As the news spread, many, including political leaders, took to social media to condemn this arrest.

TTV Dinakaran, leader of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) had also tweeted in Thirumurugan’s support.

“Arresting Thirumurugan Gandhi of May 17 movement who highlighted the human rights violation of the Thoothukudi firings that killed 13 innocent people at the UN Human Rights Council is not just in violation of human rights about also basic rights,” he wrote from his official Twitter handle.

Calling for the immediate release of Thirumurugan Gandhi, Vaiko also said in a statement that the former was right to have spoken about the Human Rights violation at UN council.

Incidentally, on June 18, activist and environmentalist Piyush Manush was arrested by the Salem police for protesting against the expansion of the Salem airport as well as the proposed eight-lane Chennai-Salem expressway. Five days after his arrest, he was granted bail.