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Tamil Nadu: Police registers case against NTK leader Seeman for comments against migrant workers

Seeman says his speech was not against migrant workers

NTK leader Seeman Seeman | R.G. Sasthaa

Actor-turned-politician, Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) leader Seeman, would face fresh charges for speaking against migrant workers, a senior police official said here on Sunday. 

A case was registered against the NTK leader by Erode (Karungalpalayam) police on February 22, 2023, for making 'derogatory remarks' against a community while addressing a public meeting in the western city on February 13 while campaigning for the Erode East bypolls. The NTK candidate polled over 10,000 votes in the election

"In the same speech, he (Seeman) has also spoken against migrant workers threatening foisting of cases against them. Hence, to take legal action in this regard, further sections have been added in this case," a senior State police official said. 

The police action comes days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had reassured his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar that all migrant workers in the southern state are safe and the police have registered cases against two journalists including the editor of a Hindi daily for spreading rumours about attacks on migrants. 

The Indian Express reported that Seeman in his speech suggested that 'using an iron fist' alone would help to 'get rid of the problem (of north Indians coming to Tamil Nadu for jobs).'

Seeman told the publication that his speech was not specifically about migrant labourers but was only highlighting reports regarding crimes involving people from North Indian states on CM's table. 


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