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Another former DMK minister held in TN in land grabbing case

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Former DMK Minister N K K P Raja and four others, including the Erode Mayor and a party district deputy secretary, were arrested here today in connection with a land grabbing case.

Continuing the crackdown even after a massive agitation by the DMK, the special police for land grabbing cell arrested Raja, the former Handloom Minister, Erode Municipal Corporation Mayor K Kumar Muruges, party's district deputy secretary O C Viswanathan, his son Rajendran and one Subramaniam in an early morning operation.

Raja became the second minister of the previous DMK regime to be taken into custody in the continuing crackdown by the AIADMK government on land grabbing after Veerapandi S Arumugam.

They were taken into custody following a complaint from one Ramasamy a few days ago that Raja and 11 others, including Muruges and Viswanathan, had visited his house in 2007 and forcibly obtained his signature to sell 60.5 acres of his land at Thendralnagar in Perundurai for the amount he had borrowed from Subramaniam, police said.

He had complained that no money was paid to him, police said. Cases have been registered against Raja and 11 others under various IPC sections including 420 (cheating).

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Police said Raja was arrested from his house at Kavindapady near here and the other four at their respective houses in Erode and Perundurai.

Police are on the lookout for seven others. The arrested were taken to the Erode Land Grabbing police cell located in the district police office, where Raja told police that he was innocent, and wanted them to show him the complainant, but the police said he would appear in court when the trial begins.

"False cases have been foisted against me," Raja said.

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