Cuddalore man sets himself ablaze over Lanka issue

Even as External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed India’s readiness to facilitate the evacuation of Tamil civilians trapped in the war field in northern Sri Lanka...

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: February 19, 2009 11:52 pm

Even as External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed India’s readiness to facilitate the evacuation of Tamil civilians trapped in the war field in northern Sri Lanka,another person attempted self immolation in Cuddalore,protesting the on-going war and killing of Tamils.

Tamilvendan,a member of the pro-LTTE VCK,suffered 95 per cent burns and is battling for his life at a hospital in Cuddalore,said the police. He is the fifth person to attempt self-immolation over the issue since the first on January 29; earlier four lost their lives,each sparking new waves of protest and condemnation of such political suicides.

According to the police,Tamilvendan alias Jyoti,a 30-year-old carpenter,came to Cuddalore district collectorate,shouting slogans against the Lanka Government and expressing solidarity with the Tamils there. Before anyone could intervene,he doused himself with kerosene and set himself ablaze.

Sources said that he was an active member of recent agitations that demanded ceasefire in Sri Lanka. His wife Jansi had gone out of town taking their seven-month-old child along with her. As the news about the immolation bid spread,many including leaders of the Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement (SLTPM) reached the hospital premises.

Meanwhile,Director General of Police (DGP) K P Jain,ADGP Rajendiran and Chennai Police Commissioner K Radhakrishnan met the Chief Justice of Madras HC,Justice S K Mukhopadhaya,following the shocking attack on Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy while a court was hearing his submission on Tuesday.

Swamy,appearing to plead himself in the case related to the take over of Chidambaram Nataraj Temple by the state Government,was attacked by a group of pro-LTTE advocates inside a court hall.

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