IPS officer-turned BJP leader Annamalai booked for violating COVID-19 norms in Coimbatore

South India

Apart from him, four other BJP functionaries including its state vice-president and treasurer were also booked in the case

The Coimbatore police reportedly booked IPS officer-turned-politician Kuppusamy Annamalai on charges of violating the COVID-19 guidelines.

Former Karnataka cadre IPS officer Annamalai, who is also known as ‘Singham Annamalai’, had quit his IPS job and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) early this week in the presence of party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and Tamil Nadu state president L Murugan in New Delhi.

The Coimbatore city police booked Annamalai on charges of unlawful assembly and violation of the Epidemic Diseases Act, reported The New Indian Express.

Apart from him, four other BJP functionaries namely R Nandhakumar (district president), GK Selvakumar (Tamil Nadu general secretary), SR Sekar (state treasurer) and Kanagasabapathy (state vice president) were also booked in the case.

Annamalai, who resigned from the service in September last year, reached the BJP office situated on VKK Menon Road in Coimbatore on Thursday.

Party leaders and cadres reportedly felicitated him in front of the office by presenting a ‘Vel’ -- the divine spear of Lord Muruga.

The city police sait that they took action against the former IPS officer and other BJP functionaries after it was found that they conducted a ceremony by gathering a crowd at a public place, while the lockdown protocol was in force in the city.

The police registered a case against Annamalai, Nandhakumar, Selvakumar,  Sekar and Kanagasabapathy in connection with the case. 

Image credit: The New Indian Express

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