Tiruchirappalli: Vanniyar Sangam President 'Kaduvetti' Guru, whose controversial statements against the DMK leadership led the ruling party to sever its alliance with the PMK, was arrested at his residence at Kaduvetti Village in Ariyalur district on Saturday, police said.
According to the police, Guru had been arrested for his "remarks that could incite violence during the recent general council meeting of the PMK at Ariyalur."
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The DMK snapped ties with PMK in June 2008, citing Guru's speech threatening DMK ministers as the main reason, though the two parties had a troubled relationship for many months over several issues.
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had also stated that there was a "conspiracy" behind the speech of Guru and there was so much of violence, slander and hostility in his remarks.
He had said there could be nothing more insulting and humiliating if the alliance with the PMK were to continue, putting up with all the remarks.
The Chief Minister had stated, while announcing the snapping of ties with PMK, that Guru's "provocative" speech had been reported in newspapers and recorded in CDs.
'Kaduvetti' Guru had also maligned the Chief Minister, Electricity Minister Arcot Veerasamy and Union Minister A Raja and MLA Sivasankaran in his speech.
Meanwhile, PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss, in a statement in Chennai, condemned the arrest of 'Kaduvetti' Guru and described it as an act of political vendetta.
Ramadoss has rushed to Tiruchirappalli, from where he will proceed to Kaduvetti to meet Guru.
Police sources said Guru was arrested on the charges of attempt to murder. They, however, refused to divulge further details.