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Constable severs fingers for AIADMK-BJP win

March 10, 2004 18:38 IST

A head constable attached to Karipetti police near Salem in Tamil Nadu severed three fingers of his left hand in a temple on Tuesday night praying for the victory of the AIADMK-BJP combine in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

According to police, Rathnam was alone in the police station as the others had left on a raid. He went to the Ayodyapatam Rama temple on his two-wheeler, shouted slogans praising the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhaghan and then cut off his thumb and middle fingers.

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The temple poojari immediately informed the police after which the head constable was admitted to a private hospital.

On Wednesday morning, Education Minister S Semmalai and local MLAs met the constable.

Meanwhile, Salem District Congress Committee president Paneerselvam condemned the act and demanded to know how, in the background of such incidents, people could be expected to have faith in the police.

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