Police book NTK leader Seeman for threatening migrants; party blames DMK-Prashant Kishor ‘nexus’

Seeman threatened to file false cases against migrant workers when he was speaking at a public rally in the run-up to the Erode East bypoll.

ByVinodh Arulappan

Published Mar 12, 2023 | 1:48 PMUpdatedMar 14, 2023 | 7:36 AM

NTK leader Seeman

The police in the Erode district of Tamil Nadu registered a case against Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) chief coordinator Seeman for threatening to file false cases against migrant workers when he was speaking at a public rally in the run-up to the Erode East by-election.

Meanwhile, the NTK claimed the DMK and Prashant Kishor had teamed up to frame Seeman in the case.

On 13 February, Seeman was speaking at a public meeting in the Thirunagar colony in Karungalapalayam when he said that if he came to power, he would file false cases against North Indian migrant workers if they were involved in any crime.

Video footage of the contentious speech was shared on social media, where it was circulated widely.

Meanwhile, political strategist Prashant Kishor, in a series of tweets, shared the video footage of Seeman with Hindi transcripts.

He also said that all those who used fake videos to incite hate and violence must be dealt with as per the law.

He also asked why there was no action against the likes of Seeman for their vitriolic utterances.

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Following this, the Karungalapalayam police registered a case against Seeman under Sections 153(B)(c) (likely to cause disharmony or feelings of enmity or hatred or ill-will between such any class members), 505(1)(c) (intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community), and 506(1) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The police said that the case was registered based on an examination of witnesses and an analysis of the video evidence.

They registered another case against Seeman based on the complaint of alleged remarks against a Scheduled Caste community in the same public meeting. This one was under Section 3(1)(r) of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 2015.

Further, the Erode police issued a clarification to the tweet of Prashant Kishor, stating that appropriate legal action had been already been initiated against Seeman over the speech.

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NTK responds

NTK South Zone Chief coordinator C Vetrikumaran told South First that everyone knew that there was a nexus between the DMK — currently in power in Tamil Nadu — and Prashant Kishor.

He said: “People know in what context Annan (Seeman) had spoken. They had earlier, during the Erode East by-poll campaign, tried to frame him claiming that he spoke against a particular community.

He added: “The DMK government knows that if it arrested him, it would get a severe backlash from the people.”

Vetrikumaran continued: “Now the DMK government is trying to frame Seeman by using Prashant Kishor. People are watching everything and they know the connection between Kishor and the DMK. We will fight the case through the correct legal means.”

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