Bharathi kannan vs Manimaram

On Thursday, a day after the brutal attacks, the police booked a case under Section 107 of CrPC (security for keeping peace, for which the police might insist on the execution of a bond) against two groups — group ‘A’ comprising Manimaran and 26 others, and group ‘B’ made up of Bharathi Kannan and eight others.

The case will be referred to a revenue divisional officer (RDO), who will exercise the powers of a divisional magistrate. The RDO will summon the two groups of students for a meeting. The students will have to give an undertaking to the RDO that they will never indulge in these acts again.

Three more students were arrested from different parts of the state on Sunday for taking part in the violence at the college. Police teams fanned out across the state to track down the students and nabbed Siva Kathiravan in Madurai, Raja in Cuddalore, and Premnath in Thanjavur on Saturday. The teams also apprehended Gopalakrishnan in Senkottai near Tirunelveli, Ilamugil in Chennai, Prem Kumar in Madurantakam, and Ilayarajah in Ulundurpet on Sunday. More arrests are expected. The police remanded Kathiravan, Raja, Premnath, Gopalakrishnan and Ilamugil to judicial custody on Sunday after producing them before a magistrate at the latter’s residence in Saidapet.

Meanwhile, Raja, one of the prime accused (he wore a pink T- Shirt on the day of violence) who repeatedly assaulted a prone Bharathi Kannan at the gates of the Law College campus during the group clash, had shaved his head to hide his identity.

“We are on the look out for the prime accused who assaulted the students in a fit of rage. We have already arrested Chithirai Selvan and Raja, and a few more will be nabbed soon. Raja assaulted Bharathi Kannan brutally with an iron rod. This was captured by media cameramen and the visuals have sensitised people to the goings-on in the campus. When the police team nabbed Raja from his residence, his parents were not even aware of the incident. They were shocked when they learnt about the events. Raja had shaved his head to hide his identity,” a senior officer said.

City police commissioner K Radhakrishnan on Sunday visited the Law College, which was closed after the violence last Wednesday.

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