Tamil Nadu: AIADMK, DMK come to blows over Jayalalithaa’s health

Coimbatore: An AIADMK councillor and DMK worker have been admitted to a hospital in Pollachi in the district after they came to blows following an altercation over the remarks on the health status of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, police said on Monday.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

DMK local functionary Lingadurai reportedly made critical remarks about the health condition of Jayalalithaa in an inebriated condition last night. AIADMK Councillor James Raj, who was passing by, got angry over the remarks and entered into arguments leading to fisticuffs, police said.

Lingadurai got admitted to the Pollachi government hospital in the early hours of Monday, claiming assault by the councillor.

James also was admitted to the same hospital, complaining that Lingadurai had assaulted him, police said.

This comes after 20 cases have been registered against some people, including a DMK councillor in Pollachi, for allegedly spreading rumours on the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, police said on Monday.

Pollachi Municipal Chairman and AIADMK town secretary, Krishnakumar lodged a complaint that DMK councillor Naaneethakrishnan had posted some verses on the social media, on the health condition of the Chief Minister, police said.

Some 20 people had shared these verses on Facebook, the complainant said, based on which police registered cases against them under IPC sections including 153 (A) (promoting enmity and disharmony), they said.

On Sunday, a 24-year-old man from Tuticorin district, was arrested for allegedly posting rumours on the social media on Jayalalithaa’s health. With his arrest, the number of persons taken into custody in the state in this regard has gone up to seven.