MIC Deputy Minister Saravanan Hauled Up over Alleged Assault at Tamil Daily

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A Tamil Malar report on allegations linked to Saravanan reportedly angered MIC youth members and triggered a fracas, which Saravanan downplays and denies involvement.

Police recorded a statement from Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M Saravanan yesterday regarding an alleged assault which happened at the office of Tamil Malar Daily in Jalan Ipoh on Sept 5.

Police also interviewed 10 other people, including victims Oms Thiagarajan, the newspaper’s founder, and its editor-in-chief K Saraswathy, a lawyer by profession.

The case is being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting.

In the 11.30am incident, a group of people went to the daily’s office and allegedly attacked and injured Thiagarajan and Sarasawathy after a quarrel broke out between two sides.

Saravanan, who is also the MIC Federal Territory liaison committee chairman, had refuted claims that he had sent MIC Youth members to rough up the workers at the daily.

He claimed that his presence was to attempt to resolve the dispute and “break (up) the scuffle” between the newspaper’s staff and MIC Youth members.

He also downplayed the incident as just a scuffle and people were “just pushing each other”.

“When I was at the scene, the two groups were pushing each other and I was there to prevent it from worsening,” Bernama quoted him as saying on Tuesday.

The incident was believed to have been triggered by a Tamil Malar report on allegations linked to Saravanan.

The Sun reported that according to Tamil Malar’s managing director SM Periasamy, the story that angered MIC youth members was about the rental collection of a building which he claimed to belong to MIC.

The Tamil newspaper has uploaded surveillance footage showing the alleged attack on its Facebook page.

Media groups have condemned the alleged attack, saying that violence against the media was unacceptable.