Tiruchirappalli (TN), March 5 (PTI): More than ten people, mostly photo-journalists and cameramen, were injured when DMK workers roughed them up and pelted stones for recording the removal of cut-outs of MDMK leader Vaiko from the DMK conference venue here on Saturday, police said. "About 40 equipment including still and video cameras were damaged, as the partymen threw stones and attacked the cameramen. Many of the cameramen were injured as they fell down while running for cover," Ashok Kumar, photographer of the Indian Express, whose face was swollen with injuries, told PTI.
A cameraman of Jaya TV, photographers of Tamil dailies ‘Daily Thanthi,’ and ‘Dinamalar,’ and a host of others suffered injuries and their equipment damaged in the attack.
DMK workers started removing the MDMK leader’s cutouts after news spread that Vaiko had joined the AIADMK front. Many cameramen took refuge at the temporary office opened by a Tamil daily near the venue, and tension prevailed though the local DMK leader and former Minister K N Nehru attempted to pacify the DMK men who indulged in violence.
Police described the situation near the venue as tense, but under control.
The DMK men demanded removal of the cutouts and MDMK flags and festoons and shouted slogans against Vaiko and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa.
Police personnel have been posted at important points to prevent any untoward incidents, the sources said.