Chennai, March 13 (IANS) The case of sexual-assault-cum-blackmail of women in Pollachi will have its echo in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, not only in that (Pollachi) constituency but also in the neighbouring seats, said a former AIADMK MP on Wednesday.
“The Pollachi sexual assault case will have its impact not only in the Pollachi Lok Sabha constituency but also in neighbouring seats like Coimbatore, Erode, Nilgiris and Tiruppur,” K.C. Palanisamy told IANS.
According to him, the people of the area believe in self-respect and the “will not go easy on this sordid episode in the polls,” he said. He demanded a court-monitored time-bound probe and trial into the case.
The people of the area may display their anger at the polls as the sordid episode has take place when the state is headed by E. Palaniswami who belongs to that community, Palanisamy said.
Referring to the expulsion of a local party official A. Nagaraj, Palanisamy said the ruling party should investigate on whose recommendation did he get the party post.
The the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) has launched probe into the case. There will be an impartial probe and the culprit will be brought to book, said a CBCID senior official.
Speaking to reporters in Pollachi, a town in the Coimbatore district and about 535 km from here, a senior CBCID official said a special probe team has been formed and has started investigation.
He said documents and other items related to the case have been collected from the police. “The number of people involved in the crime will be known only after the probe,” he said.
Tamil Nadu Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran had ordered transfer of the case to the CBCID on Tuesday.
The four accused — Thirunavukkarasu, Sabarirajan, Vasanthakumar, Satish — have been arrested in connection with the case.
Meanwhile, college students from in and around Pollachi staged a protest, demanding action against the culprits involved in the sexual-assault-cum-blackmail scandal.