BJP organizes a protest in search of the arrest of the Tamil speaker

CHENNAI: BJP cadres, led by top leaders of the state party, organized a protest rally on Wednesday, demanding the arrest of a Tamil speaker for his provocative comments against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and interior minister Amit Shah .

Protesters, including BJP national secretary H Raja, raised slogans against their alleged comments, and were arrested by police.

The demonstration was held near the point of the Gandhi statue in front and the protesters were taken to a wedding hall in nearby Mylapore and detained there.

Later, they were allowed to leave and the BJP said that the next course of action to seek Kannan's arrest would be decided by the state leadership.

Police said they had not allowed anyone to organize a protest on or around Marina Beach and, therefore, was a violation and a case would be filed against the protesters.

The former Union minister and other high-ranking leaders, including L Ganesan and C P Radhakrishnan, participated.

Kannan got into trouble after a video of his alleged speech at a meeting against the Citizens Amendment Act, held by the Social Democratic Party of India on Saturday in Tirunelveli, went viral on social media and the BJP presented a police complaint in search of his arrest and prosecution.

He is a Tamil writer and has participated in several television programs based on literature and public speaking.

State BJP spokesperson Narayanan Thirupathi on Monday lodged a police complaint, alleging that Kannan called out the names of Prime Minister and interior minister at the meeting and told the gathering he was "shocked as to why Muslims have not yet killed the Prime Minister and Home minister..."