news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 9, 2014 | 9.00 am IST Atleast 21,000 persons belonging to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were arrested across Tamil Nadu on Sunday for defying police orders against carrying out protests to mark the founder’s day. The Madras High Court permitted the route marches to commemorate the 1000th coronation year of 11th century Tamil King Rajendra Chola, however, police prevented the marches reported Times of India. The action by the police was due to an amendment under the Chennai City Police Act, 1888, which allowed police to prevent assembly of groups with arms or in uniform that resembles that of the armed forces or the police, reported The Hindu.The workers taken into custody were then released a few hours later.  The High Court on the other hand, however said that the police orders rejecting permission for the procession did not comply with the Section 41(A) of the Act. The reason was that the uniform worn by the RSS (khakhi shorts) did not resemble the uniform of the police force today. BJP State President Tamilisai Soundararajan who also took part in the procession was arrested in Chennai.

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