Stem The Rot
September 25, 2015, Chennai
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The menace of terrorism related incidents are spreading to south India. This is the message the Villupuram incident sends.
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At the time of writing, no arrests have been made so far in the incident in which suspected pro-LTTE elements blasted a railway track. The 'Q' branch of Tamil Nadu police, dealing with extremist activities, was helping railway police with the investigations.
Officials on condition of anonymity said "known" persons who were involved in previous such incidents and others under police scanner were being interrogated by Government Railway Police (GRP).
Railway officials averted a major disaster on Saturday when an alert crew of the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai Rockfort Express stopped it on noticing a gap in the tracks. About three feet of tracks were blown off in the explosion when the train was coming towards the Perani railway station in Villupuram district in the wee hours. Leaflets condemning the recent visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa were found at the site.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has termed the blasting of a railway track as an "attempted act of extremism" and expressed confidence that the Tamil Nadu Police will arrest the culprits soon.
The immediate need is to initiate legal steps to curb activities of outfits and groups that are supporting terrorism and violence. All political parties should launch a joint fight against terrorism and terrorist outfits should never be allowed to gain roots anywhere in the country.
Utmost care and all out efforts are necessary to stem the rot.