Anti-NEET slogans raised as petrol bomb is hurled at Raj Bhavan in Chennai; history-sheeter arrested

In February 2022, the accused Vinod had hurdled 3 Molotov cocktails at Kamalalayam, which is the state headquarters of the BJP.

ByVinodh Arulappan

Published Oct 25, 2023 | 9:27 PMUpdatedOct 25, 2023 | 9:27 PM

The policemen who were posted as security at the main gate of Raj Bhavan rushed to nab the offender. (Creative Commons)

On Wednesday, 25 October, a history-sheeter was detained by the Chennai City Police for hurling a petrol bomb at the front gate of Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan. The Tamil Nadu BJP unit, after the incident, alleged that such incidents would leave people wondering whether the DMK government was sponsoring these attacks.

According to the police, the history-sheeter “Karukka” Vinod approached the Raj Bhavan’s main gate on Wednesday afternoon, through Sardar Patel Road, and when he came near the Governor’s official residence, he took a bottle filled with petrol, lit it, and threw it at the gate.

A Molotov cocktail was hurled in front of the Raj Bhavan. (Supplied)

The policemen who were posted as security at the main gate rushed to nab the offender when he tried to escape from the spot.

It was said that he raised anti-NEET slogans while hurling the Molotov cocktail. Higher officials were alerted after the incident and the offender was taken to the police station for further enquiry.

Sources from the city police said that the man seemed mentally disturbed and he was taken for a medical check-up.

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Not Vinod’s first bombing

On 12 August, 2015, one Vinod was arrested for throwing a petrol bomb at a liquor shop in Mambalam following a rift between the shop’s employees and him.

On 13 July, 2017, he and his accomplices hurdled a petrol bomb at the Teynampet police station. A week after Vinod and five others were arrested in the case, the police charge-sheeted Vinod as the kingpin of the group who masterminded the attack.

During the investigation, Vinod and others revealed that they attacked the police station due to the continuous harassment by the police.

Accused ‘Karukka’ Vinod. (Supplied)

Vinod and others in the case were booked under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and Tamil Nadu Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act. Later, he was detained under the Goondas Act, too.

Further, on 9 February, 2022, Vinod hurdled three Molotov cocktails at the Kamalalayam on Vaidyaraman Street, which is the state headquarters of the BJP.

Later, when he was nabbed, he reportedly told the police that he did not like the BJP supporting NEET and, hence, he threw the cocktail as a sign of protest.

According to the police, the history-sheeter was out on bail in the case.

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Annamalai blames DMK government

Meanwhile, the BJP State President K Annamalai condemned the attack and blamed the DMK government for the incident.

Taking to X, Annamalai said that the petrol bombs were hurled at the Raj Bhavan, reflecting the true law and order situation in Tamil Nadu.

“While DMK is busy diverting the attention of people to insignificant matters of interest, criminals have taken the streets,” Annamalai charged.

Stating that the same person who attacked the BJP headquarters in Chennai in February 2022 has been held responsible for the recent attack on the Raj Bhavan, Annamalai said, “These continuous attack only leaves one to think that the DMK government is sponsoring these attacks. Thiru @mkstalin will now be preparing for the next diversion, as he always does.”