Congress worker dies over Sri Lankan Tamils, day after setting himself ablaze

February 8th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

Mani Shankar AiyarChennai, Feb 7 (IANS) A Congress party worker in Tamil Nadu Saturday succumbed to burn injuries a day after he set himself on fire. The death trigerred a protest by opposition parties in the state, who said the immolation was over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. The Congress refuted that contention.
K. Ravichandran set himself ablaze Friday near Myladuthurai, 270 km from here, which is Congress leader and central minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s constituency. He succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

While Congress workers claim the suicide was due to personal reasons, the opposition maintains it was over the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue and Ravichandran killed himself because he was upset with his party’s stand.

The Congress worker reportedly told the police in his dying declaration that he was unhappy with his party’s stand over the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue.

The incident sparked off protests and counter protests, especially in Chennai, where Congress workers blocked traffic.

In Madurai, the home-cum-office of Congress MP Sudarsana Nachiappan was attacked and the party flag brought down.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi appealed for calm and said everyone should jointly work for alleviation of the Sri Lankan Tamils’ problems. On Friday, there had been more violence over the issue, with a car and a two-wheeler belonging to Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary D. Pandian being set on fire.

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