Eighth arrest in Tamil Nadu over Jayalalithaa health rumours: This time a grocery shop owner

Apollo Hospital did not release any medical bulletins regarding Jayalalithaa's health in the past few days.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: October 19, 2016 5:14 pm
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Amidst the criticism over the arrests of those allegedly spreading rumours on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health, Sagayam, a 28-year-old youth who runs a small shop in his village near Tuticorin, has been arrested on Wednesday by Tamil Nadu police for a Facebook post on Jayalalithaa. While police sources confirm that Sagayam did commit a ‘crime’ by using Facebook to spread wrong information about Jayalalithaa’s health. What exactly he shared in social media remains unclear.

According to sources close to his family, Sagayam was picked up from home on Wednesday morning by a police team. “They came and told his mother that they need to question him in connection with an inquiry on his passport. Soon he was taken in the police vehicle. Few minutes later, the team was at home again to return his valuable possessions including a gold ornament and told the relatives that he is being taken to Chennai for further questioning for spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health,” said a relative. Sagayam had been working abroad for sometime before he returned to his village and started a small business.

After the local police claimed ignorance of his arrest and suggested that it might have been the cyber crime wing from Chennai that had taken him in custody, Sagayam’s relatives have decided to approach the Tuticorin collector and protest for his immediate release.

Sagayam’s was the eighth arrest in Tamil Nadu for spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health. A total of 43 cases have been registered since September 22, the day when Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai. While the first three cases including one against Tamizachi, a Tamil social media figure notorious for her conspiracy theories on controversial political developments, and two arrests — one for a fake audio in the name of Jayalalithaa and another for a fake audio in the name of an Apollo Hospital staff confirming all rumours surrounding Jayalalithaa’s health, were considered reasonable, all remaining arrests have now triggered a controversy as the charges were mostly based on speculations and remarks they shared on Jayalalithaa’s health at work place or private pages.

A senior police officer said many more people would be arrested in the coming days for allegedly spreading rumours and triggering tension among public by sharing false information on the CM’s health. Meanwhile, Apollo Hospital did not release any medical bulletins regarding her health in the past few days.

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    Sri
    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:51 pm
    Why dont these police officers spend their time more fruitfully by arresting the bribe collectors of Chennai Corporation, Corporation Ministers, Councillors etc.... At least Chennai's flood problems, sewer and storm drain problem will be solved....
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      Johhnsy Murray
      Oct 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm
      It is so stupid to arrest any one, India is call herself as Independant country but there is no rights for speech,the health condition of the chief minister of tamilnadu is under high speculation the reason being people of the state are treated like mere s,it is worst than a monarchy rule as a citizen people have rights to know the true condition of the person who is ruling to avoid any confusion and unnecessary and unresonable arrest.these type of issues will never happen in any country except India because no respect for the citizens they are treated imbecile and please stop this drama enough is enough.
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        Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Oct 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm
        Idi Amin's ghost has taken over TN.
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          Kaliyug
          Oct 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm
          I wonder where the freedom of speech went? Got crushed under the weight of Jaya and her long time sickness, is she alive or is the Government running her on tubes?
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            Raj
            Oct 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm
            Always had a problem with this Dravidian idea, for Tamils, Tamil gt; India, they feel really strong about this Dravidian idea... it pervades in their politics and even ideny.
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              Raj
              Oct 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm
              So, will there be another Dravidian movement? I mean Tamil Nadu has a 'Stalin' even (like Mr Rahul hi). So how is this going to come about... AIDMK vs DMK, Dravidian vs Dravidian - no difference for the rest of India.
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                Jawad
                Oct 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm
                Looks like we are leaving in the Middle East where ruling person dies will declare after a week. We have all the right to ask what is the condition of our Chief Minister. We made her chief minister so we should know her exact condition
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                  Jawad
                  Oct 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                  Looks like we are leaving in the Middle East where ruling person dies will declare after a week. We have all the right to ask what is the condition of our Chief Minister. We made her chief minister so we should know her exact condition.
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                    Yogendra Joshi
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                    I fail to understand how an administratively vital information about a peoples' representative - more importantly a state CM - can be kept a secret. Is that not a misused privilege politicians, boasting of serving people, enjoy? Several weeks have ped since she was admitted to the hospital. No really encouraging news is coming out from the hospital. The secrecy being maintained is a good reason for the public to be speculative. It's a shame to democracy itself.
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                      master
                      Oct 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                      When will this drama end?
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                        MAGARAL HARI
                        Oct 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm
                        freedom of expression in a so called democratic country in trouble? come and see in the western countries where sky is the limit in how people make fun of politicians. while i want Miss Jayalalitha to get well get back to work soon the secrecy of the w thing leads to all kinds of speculation.it makes more sense to spend the resources to maintain law and order in the day to day activities like arresting drivers not stopping for red lights ,drunken driving etc.
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                          Murali Dharan
                          Oct 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                          What? Are we living in a fascist state?Can't ordinary folks express their opinions on the health or illhealth of their CM? Somebody should approach the Courts and stop this kind of intimidation.
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                            PRAVIN S
                            Oct 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                            earlier br a h mins were playing g o d now also they for this b r a h mi n lad y glorification they r arresting poor hapless sc/st/obc minorities
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                              Righteous
                              Oct 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                              Please arrest all the people who spread rumours that "Jayalalitha is well" when she was actually unwell. Hm.. most of the AIADMK ministers, IT wing, etc will be behind bars!
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                                Satyanandan Chakolangara
                                Oct 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                                What exactly is the law? In fairness, the TN Police should issue an advisory to the Public on what we can and cannot post on facebook.
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                                  Second Opinion
                                  Oct 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                  Absolutely incredulous.This is stupidity of the highest order. We are truly a banana republic. As citizens who elected these representatives to office have we no right to know their current mental and physical state. These are not private figures who can hide behind a cloak of secrecy. These are public figures and they are here to serve the people. And what about the freedom of expression enshrined in our Consution. Why are the police wasting their time chasing down rumors when they have other pressing issues to take care of. My countrymen never fail to amaze me!!
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                                    Second Opinion
                                    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                                    I disagree....I don't need the government to tell me what I can talk or write about. I live in a free country where my freedom of speech is protected by the Consution. If that isn't the case, then let's stop calling ourselves as a democracy.
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