Crowd gathered around van during Vel Yatra

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BJP chief in Tamil Nadu detained for statewide Vel Yatra without permission

Tamil Nadu police detained the state’s BJP chief L Murugan and other workers for starting the Vel Yatra across TN even though they did not get permission
Tamil Nadu BJP chief Murugan, now detained for holding the Vel Yatra
Tamil Nadu BJP chief Murugan, now detained for holding the Vel Yatra
Image source: New Indian Express

Tamil Nadu police detained the state’s BJP chief L Murugan and other workers for starting the Vel Yatra across TN even though they did not get permission due to increased chances of spreading COVID-19.


On October 5, the state government let the Madras High Court know that it will not permit BJP to have a statewide yatra. The AG elaborated on the decision, explaining that crowds on roads will lead to spreading COVID-19 infections. Thus, they were not allowing BJP to hold the yatra.

BJP starts Vel Yatra without permission – chief detained

Despite this, BJP chief Murugan started the yatra towards Tiruttani. Ideally, the yatra would last a month. However, police detained him only now. At the outskirts of Nazarathpettai, police allowed only five vehicles to go towards Tiruttani and requested the others to return. Furthermore, the Fisheries Minister, D Jayakumar, assured that he and the other BJP workers will face action as they essentially put the state in danger of facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

In the meantime, though, other BJP functionaries along with CT Ravi, the national secretary, and senior leader H Raja met at Murugan’s residence. They will go forward with the yatra, apparently, and Murugan said that he has the β€˜constitutional right to worship’. Raja also said that there may be agitation across the state if the yatra stops now. He also questioned the reasoning behind reopening educational institutes but not permitting the yatra.

Now, 500 officers are at Tiruttani to ensure that rules are followed.

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