Tamil Nadu, in particular its coastal tracts, was put on high alert today, amid sporadic protests across the State, as news of the LTTE chief Prabhakaran having been killed by the Sri Lankan Army in Mullaitivu spread like wildfire.
However, no major untoward incident was reported till 7 pm this evening, with very little sympathy visible among the people at large for the proscribed Tamil terrror outfit, LTTE, responsible for late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination at Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.
Strangely, Prabhakaran being shot dead has come three days before the 18th death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi himself, as though poetic justice was being played out for the henious crime perpetrated by the LTTE on Tamil Nadu soil.
Grieving the LTTE chief's death, at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army, some pro-Tamil groups staged protests in different places in the State on Monday.
While a group of Law College students staged a 'road roko' in Tirunelveli, nearly 600 km South of Chennai, shops downed shutters in Tiruvallur in North Tamil Nadu on hearing of Prabhakaran's death.
Protests were also reported from the lignite mining town of Neyveli in Cuddalore district this evening, and government stopped plying of buses to sensitive interior pockets there. Some pro-Tamil zealots hoisted black flags in Alampadi village in Villipuram district, 160 km from Chennai.
A 37-year-old labourer, Anbazhagan, on hearing of Prabhakaran's death attempted self-immolation at Kuvagam village near Jayamkondam in Perambalur district. Barring these stray incidents, not a leaf stirred nor was there even a ripple in the Cauvery over the death of the LTTE chief.
Yet, police wished to take no chances, reinforcing security at all key public installations including Central and State Government offices, the residence and office of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, the Chennai port and Airport respectively, places of worship and before the buildings here housing 'All India Radio' and 'Doordarshan'. Last night some masked miscreants smashed glass panes at 'Citicentre', a shopping mall owned by a prominent Muslim businessman.
Leaders of various political parties including the most ardent champion of the Tamil Eelam cause, Vaiko, the MDMK chief, have not responded to the news of Prabhakaran's death yet, as they are still awaiting a formal official confirmation from Colombo.