Chennai News Live Updates: A shopkeeper at K V Nallur area in South Tamil Nadu’s Tenkasi district and a village head were arrested Saturday for refusing to sell candies to a group of students of a particular community. The exchange between the shop owner and the students were shot on a phone which has now gone viral on social media. The shopkeeper, Maheshwaran, was seen in the video telling the schoolchildren not to return to buy candies from his shop. “Don’t buy any candy from here. Go to school. You shouldn’t buy any candy from any of the shops here. Go and tell the people at home that the shopkeepers aren’t giving eatables. We won’t give and there is a restriction,” the shopkeeper is heard telling the children.
In other news, as a part of E V Periyar’s 144th birth anniversary celebrations, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the “Periyar World” Laboratory and Periyar Institute to be built at Sirukanur, Trichy district. The event was organised by the state government at the Periyar Thidal in Chennai. His birthday anniversary also marks Social Justice Day. Following this, the Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Secretaries of Government Departments, High Government Officers and Employees took the Social Justice Day Pledge.
Meanwhile, seven bronze idols, found in the illegal possession of a dealer in Villupuram, were seized and an investigation is on to trace the temples from where they were allegedly stolen, Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID said on Saturday. The shop owner could not establish the provenance of the idols, including those of Ardhanareshwar, Goddess Sivakami, Krishna and Buddha, nor could he furnish documents authorising him legal custody of the antique idols, the Idol Wing police claimed. “The Idol Wing has registered a case and is investigating how and who stole the idols,” an official release here said.
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