Three DMK functionaries arrested for kidnapping family

August 25th, 2008 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Erode (Tamil Nadu), Aug 25 (IANS) Three functionaries of the ruling DMK here were arrested Monday on charges of assisting former state minister N.K.K.P. Raja in the kidnapping of a family of three, the police said.Raja was dropped from the cabinet three weeks ago following allegations made by a couple, Palanichamy and Malarvizhi, in Madras High Court and the state human rights commission that they had been kidnapped by the minister’s men in June.

Palanichamy and Malarvizhi were rescued by the police later in June.

Madras High Court rejected affidavits filed by police officials last week saying they lacked details and demanded to know the whereabouts of Sivabalan, the third kidnap victim.

Palanichamy and Malarvizhi claimed that the minister’s men had kidnapped them to grab their ancestral property, a charge denied by Raja.

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