A congress functionary on Saturday burnt himself to death to protest against the continuing war in Sri Lanka,taking the number of suicides over the issue to three.
Ravichandran (47) was admitted with over 90 per cent burn injuries to the Myladuthurai Government Hospital where he succumbed after 15 hours.
In the last 10 days,Muthukumar of Chennai and Ravi of Dindigul committed suicide over the Lanka issue.
Ravichandran worked in a co-operative sugar mill in Nagapattinam and was reportedly disturbed over the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka. He had even turned critical of his party,of which he was ward secretary. Those close to him said Ravichandran had spoken his mind to some party leaders,who reportedly dissuaded him from taking the extreme step.
Around 1.30 am on Saturday,Ravichandrans mother found him doused in kerosene and prevented him from lighting himself. He,however,ran out of the house and lit himself from a lamp in a nearby temple. Neighbours rushed him to a nearby hospital from where he was taken to the government hospital in Myladuthurai.
Meanwhile,in Madurai,unidentified persons attacked the office of senior Congress leader E M Sudarsana Nachiyappan on Saturday. The incident comes a day after CPI state secretarys car was set on fire by unknown men. Natchiyappan,chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice,was not present at the time of attack,the police said. While the windowpanes of the office were smashed,a Congress flag mast in front of the building was also broken.
MDMK founder and prominent pro-LTTE Lankan Tamil campaigner Vaiko said his party members would stage a fast in front of Parliament in New Delhi on February 13 against the Lanka war and Indias covert support to the military offensive.