The Tamil Nadu police on Wednesday arrested Nellai Kannan, an old Congressman from Tirunelveli and a public speaker, for the provocative remarks made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Registry of Citizens.
Addressing a rally against the CAA-NRC at Tirunelveli on Saturday last, he said Modi and Shah should be eliminated. He also made derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy for supporting the citizenship act.
Nellai Kannan's arrest closely followed a protest demonstration by BJP national secretary H Raja, former Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and senior leader L Ganesan on the Marina beach in Chennai.
The BJP took to the streets after the police attempt to secure Kannan at his residence on Tuesday was foiled by scores of Congressmen and members of the Social Democratic Party of India(SDPI) in whose rally Kannan made the controversial speech.
He was whisked away to a hospital in an ambulance after he complained of chest pain. He was however discharged on Wednesday and police swooped on him when he was on a visit to Perambulur.
The police have arrested him under relatively mild sections of 504, 505 and 505(2) of the IPC relating to disturbing public peace which prescribe a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment.