Shock and dismay over jail for Jayalalithaa drove two persons to immolate selves -- a 45 year old AIADMK functionary and an 18 year old girl – at two locations in Tamil Nadu as normalcy returned on Sunday with no major violence reported since morning.
As initial political shock among AIADMK rank and file over conviction of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa ebbed, pragmatism resulted in strict directives to party workers to maintain law and order.
An AIADMK functionary, identified as Babu, 45, reportedly committed suicide at his home at Kuruvimalai near Kancheepuram on Sunday morning by hanging himself from a tree in his house. A functionary of AIADMK he was extremely distraught over the news. Police said he had taken his life as he was upset over jailing of Amma. He is survived by two wives and four children.
In another incident of self-immolation, a 17 year old plus 2 student, M Nagalakshmi set herself afire on Sunday when her family members were away. The girl, who lives in Madurai, was admitted to local hospital with 80% burn injuries. Police said she was upset over Jayalalithaa’s conviction.
Slowly but surely, emotions became calmer on Sunday as AIADMK workers though distraught were advised to be calm in the overall interests of the party. Police too showed greater toughness and were posted in strength to prevent any untoward incidents.
In what can be perhaps an indication of shape of things to come, police filed FIRs against DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his son and party treasurer MK Stalin for alleged incitement of violence, outside the residence of the former chief minister on Saturday. The DMK leaders were muted in their reaction to the judgement for two reasons – fear of violence and fear that their action could generate sympathy for Jayalalithaa.
Bus services, suspended on Saturday, began operating but lesser in numbers and frequency. Normal life was disrupted on Saturday after angry AIADMK cadres indulged in violent protests, forcibly closing shops creating a near bandh like situation across the state.
DMDK chief Captain Vijayakanth called on governor with a complaint over law and order situation and urged him to ensure adequate protection to politicians. His party office was attacked on Saturday by suspected AIADMK workers.
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