The Semmenchery police on Monday filed a case against Arappor Iyakkam coordinator Jayaram Venkatesan for spreading false information against the police and trying to create division in the society.
The first information report (FIR) was filed against the social activist for accusing the Police Department of encroaching the Thamarakeni lake in Sholinganallur for constructing a police station. According to the FIR, the police officials, during patrol duty, found Mr. Venkatesan, along with a group of people, taking a video unauthorisedly of the police station under construction last Thursday. Later, it was found that the environment activist had uploaded the video, portraying the police in bad light, on social media. The video was also an attempt to create division among the community at a time when there was water crisis, the police said.
Arappor Iyakkam office-bearer P. Nakkeeran said Mr. Venkatesan had gone to the Thamaraikeni lake based on information received from the CMDA through an RTI that said the place where the new police station was being constructed was a waterbody. He said the CMDA had reclassified the waterbody and handed over the “land” to the Police Department in March 2019.