Tamil Nadu Police arrested the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Coimbatore district unit president Balaji Uthamaramasamy today for allegedly threatening Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP A Raja for saying that Shudras are children of prostitutes. Last week, during a meeting of the Dravidar Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, A Raja had said, “You are the son of a prostitute till you remain as Shudra,” he said. “You are a Panchaman [Dalit] till you remain a Hindu. You are an untouchable till you remain a Hindu.”
On 18 September, Uthamaramasamy allegedly challenged Raja to enter Coimbatore without police protection. The BJP leader had said that if the former union minister did not stop making derogatory remarks about Hindus, he would not be permitted to set foot at the Coimbatore airport. This led to the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, an ally of the DMK, filing a complaint against the BJP leader, after which the police arrested him. A court in Coimbatore subsequent...
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