BJP member arrested for pressuring RTO to donate to padayatra.

A cadre named Balu alias Balakrishnan, 55, was arrested for threatening the regional transport officer (RTO) and pressurizing him to donate money for the padyatra of state BJP president Annamalai.

Balu, who was earlier the general secretary of BJP's Namakkal district farmers' wing, was removed from his post by Annamalai after he protested against local party officials. After his expulsion, Baalu continued to serve as a party member.

Pallipalayam RTO, Poonkuzhali filed a police complaint against Balu, alleging threat and harassment. According to the complaint, Balu also tried to prevent him from carrying out his official duties during the inspection of vehicles.

Pallipalayam police, led by Inspector P Sukumar, began investigation and later arrested Balu. He has been kept in judicial custody in Salem Central Jail.

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