The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Thursday suspended a party functionary for physically assaulting a woman in a beauty parlour in May in Tamil Nadu’s Perambalur district, reported The News Minute. S Selvakumar, the district functionary of Perambalur, was arrested on Wednesday.
“The party suspends him from basic membership and all party posts due to actions that go beyond the code of conduct of the party and for defaming the party,” the order of suspension, signed by party general secretary K Anbazhagan, said.
The incident took place on May 25 at a beauty parlour in Perambalur Old Bus Stand area, said a police officer. Parlour owner Sathya allegedly had taken a loan from Selvakumar to expand her business, reported The Times of India. Selvakumar asked Sathya to repay the loan and turned violent during a discussion.
The closed circuit television camera footage from inside the parlour showed Selvakumar speaking to a woman at the billing counter. He then started to kick her while three other women rushed to her defence. One of the women caught his arm in order to restrain him. Selvakumar then grabbed Sathya’s throat, pushed her to the floor, and continued to kick her.
The officer said that the police came across the video on Wednesday and Sathya filed a complaint recently. “Based on her complaint, we have arrested Selvakumar and will remand him today [Thursday],” said the officer, adding that Sathya was also being questioned.
Last month, two members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam were suspended from the party after they were caught on camera assaulting the staff of restaurant on being denied free biryani. The footage of the entire incident was posted on social media.