Delhi Police register FIR against TN minister for speech against PM Modi

In the 40-second-long video, Minister Anbarasan can be heard saying Prime Minister Modi cannot eradicate the DMK party.
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Tamil Nadu Minister for Rural Industries TM Anbarasan has been booked by the Delhi police for allegedly threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech he made in Chennai on March 9. The First Information Report (FIR) was registered on Wednesday, March 13, after Supreme Court lawyer Satya Ranjan Swain filed a complaint. In a short video clip of the Minister’s speech circulating on social media, he can be heard saying that Prime Minister Modi cannot eradicate the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.

In the 40-second-long video, the Minister is heard saying, “We have seen many Prime Ministers. We haven't seen a PM who spoke so cheaply like this. He said he will eradicate the DMK. Will you eradicate it? Let me tell you one thing, the DMK is not an ordinary party. It was built with the life sacrifices of many. The DMK was built by shedding blood. Those who said DMK would be eradicated perished. DMK will stand strong. Mind it. You may show elsewhere, I am being soft because I am a Minister. Else I will tear you apart into pieces.”

Subsequently, the SC lawyer filed a complaint against the DMK minister following which the Delhi Police registered an FIR at the Parliament Street police station. The FIR has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 153 (wantonly giving provocation), 268 (public nuisance), 503 (criminal intimidation), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).

"The threatening statement made by TM Anbarasan, is not only alarming and poses a significant risk to the safety and security of our Prime Minister but is also shameful and has been deliberately made to stir the peace and stability of our nation and evoke violence," the FIR said.

The complainant further highlighted that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, on May 21, 1991, during the reign of DMK in Tamil Nadu and that too during election time. "In this background, considering the gravity of the situation and the potential threat posed to the Prime Minister's life you are requested to initiate immediate legal action against the person named herein and also the persons and entities who are complicit in sharing, endorsing, resharing, keeping in public domain the alleged video clippings on TV, social media and other platforms whose names may come to light during investigations," he said in the complaint.

(With IANS inputs)

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