Tamil Nadu turning out to be a “training centre” for extremists: Pon Radhakrishnan

Vastavam web: Union minister and senior BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan has claimed that Tamil Nadu no longer remained a peaceful state, but is turning out to be a “training centre” for extremists.Addressing a meeting organised by various Hindu outfits and the BJP to pay homage to those killed in the serial bomb blasts here on February 14, 1998, he alleged that Tamil Nadu is “becoming a camp and training centre” for such forces.Stating that these forces were engaged in a long-term planning for the next 10-20 years, Radhakrishnan said it was not known whether this had been brought to the notice of the government and the police department.

The massive agitation in support of jallikattu at Marina Beach in Chennai and elsewhere in the state turned violent on January 23 last year, when the agitators continued to protest despite the promulgation of an ordinance to allow the bull-taming sport.He also said the government did not allow the construction of a pillar in memory of those killed in the blasts.

Later, police briefly detained around 900 activists of various Hindu outfits and the BJP, when they gathered at a short distance from the meeting venue and attempted to pay homage to those killed in the blasts.Meanwhile, a group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers performed annual rituals at Perur near here for those killed in the blasts, police said.