Two more persons have died in Tamil Nadu since Sunday evening as political fallout over the continuing military action in North Sri Lanka against the Tamils there by the Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. With these deaths, the death toll over the issue has gone up to five.
Despaired by the “continued killings of Tamil civilians” in North Sri Lanka, 67-year-old Amaresan, a poultry bird dealer of New Washermenpet in North Chennai, suddenly poured kerosene over his body on Sunday evening and set himself ablaze in the middle of a road.
Even before the police could restore Amaresan’s body and send it to the nearby Stanley Medical College Hospital, he collapsed. The Tamil Nationalists Movement leader P. Nedumaran on Monday paid homage to Amaresan. Police said that they were still investigating the cause of his death as he left no suicide note.
In another incident at Tiruvarur, about 325 km from Chennai, a Congress functionary T.S. Pandiyan, who was to address a joint DMK-Congress rally demanding immediate ceasefire in North Sri Lanka, suddenly collapsed and died of heart failure minutes before the rally could begin.