Burning of CPI leader’s vehicles triggers protests in Tamil Nadu (Lead)

February 6th, 2009 - 5:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Feb 6 (IANS) Activists of various parties held demonstrations across Tamil Nadu to protest the burning of a car and a two-wheeler belonging to Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary D. Pandian here early Friday.”The incident was brought to my notice by my wife. As there was nothing to be alarmed about, I have advised party workers and political allies to remain calm and desist from any provocative act,” Pandian, who is in Dharmapuri - 350 km west of here - on party work, told IANS over the phone.

“Police officials visited the spot and the fire services personnel doused the flames which had reduced the vehicles to cinders,” he added.

The CPI is one of the constituents of the Lankan Tamils’ Protection Movement that is pressing for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka to protect the lives of innocent Tamil civilians caught in the war-torn northern region of the country.

Political leaders like Vaiko of MDMK, R. Nallakannu of CPI and Thol Thirumavalavan of VCK condemned the burning of Pandian’s vehicles. The workers of these parties held demonstrations across the state, demanding better security for those who are voicing their support for the Sri Lankan Tamils.

A car belonging to Tamil movie director Seeman, who is supporting the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was set on fire on Dec 19 in the southwest suburbs here in a similar manner.

Police officials said investigations into both the incidents are underway.

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