Uthamaramasamy dared Raja to step in Coimbatore without police protection. He also warned DMK leaders against talking about Manusmriti.
The recent remarks by A Raja on the Hindu religious text had stirred the hornet’s nest. BJP and Hindu munnani held protests at various parts of Coimbatore and the Nilgiris.
Functionaries of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam lodged a complaint against the BJP leader for his objectionable remarks against Periyar and DMK leaders.
A police team from the Peelamedu station reached Uthamaramasamy’s house on Wednesday morning and picked him up for an inquiry. After the inquiry held at the police station, he was arrested and sent to judicial custody.
Talking to reporters before his arrest, Uthamaramasamy said the DMK is misusing its power. He said he would stand by his statement and would not retract.
A large number of BJP members gathered at his house and tried to prevent his arrest. They also tried to stage a roadblock protest on the Avinashi Road. They were evicted by the police.
BJP national mahila wing president and Coimbatore south MLA Vanathi Srinivasan condemned the arrest.
“BJP cadre would not be afraid of such threats by the DMK,” she said.
Police said Balaji Uthamaramasamy was booked under various sections of the IPC including 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult and provocation of a person).