Chennai, Sep 27 :
Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah Saturday summoned senior state government and police officials and instructed them to maintain law and order and prevent further violence.
He had summoned the officials to discuss ways and means to maintain law and order and also the next steps in the wake of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa being held guilty in a disproportionate assets case.
In a statement issued here, the Raj Bhavan said the officials apprised the governor of measures taken to prevent the spread of untoward incidents in the state.
“The governor instructed the officers to prevent any further incidents and to ensure that the law and order is maintained in the state,” the Raj Bhavan statement said.
Violence erupted in several parts of the state with AIADMK cadres indulging in stone pelting, arson, and forcing shops to down their shutters as news spread that a special court in Bangalore had held Jayalalithaa guilty of amassing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income, sentenced her to four years’ imprisonment and fined her Rs.100 crore.
Following the judgment, Jayalalithaa loses her position and also stands disqualified as the member of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly. A new chief minister has to be elected by the AIADMK legislators within two days.
A government bus was torched and several others were damaged in stone pelting, while there were at least three attempts at self-immolation by supporters of Jayalalithaa within hours of the court verdict.
What started as sporadic violence in some parts of the state, started spreading to other parts as AIADMK cadres stopped rail traffic and also threatened other road users. They also burnt effigies of opposition leaders.
The AIADMK partymen also stoned Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s house here. The party cadres had assembled outside Jayalalithaa’s residence in the morning to see her off to Bangalore. They were also ready to welcome her with garlands and sweets hoping that the court verdict will be in her favour.
While a pall of gloom has descended over Jayalalithaa’s residence in Poes Garden, the mood was upbeat at DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s residence, just a kilometre away. Police beefed up security outside the residences of Karunanidhi, his son M.K. Stalin and senior leader K. Anbazhagan.
As soon as the court decision came, AIADMK cadres started stoning buses and forced shopkeepers to down their shutters in Kanchipuram, Trichy, Madurai and other places in the state.
In some places, policemen pacified the AIADMK cadres who were trying to force shop owners to close their shops.
Some private companies decided to close early in the evening and theatres cancelled their evening shows in Chennai.
The city roads wore a deserted look with skeletal public bus services as well as auto-rickshaws.
Most of the shops downed their shutters in T.Nagar a major commercial area.