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Jan 31, 2009 at 08:32pm IST

Karunanidhi attempts to politicise suicide

Chennai: Criticising attempts to ‘politicise’ the death of K Muthukumaran, a local youth who committed suicide here to express solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday said it could turn the Tamils issue into an instrument of "cheap publicity".

Drawing the attention towards the incident where mourners at Kolathur, where Muthukumaran's body had been kept for public homage, had pelted stones at DMK MLA VS Babu, he said "the death of a person who had committed suicide for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause should not be politicised."

"Those who know me well know how disturbed I am after learning about the death of Muthukumaran," he said in a release here, adding his party was against encouraging such incidents.

SELF IMMOLATION: The state government on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rupees two lakh to the family.

On the state government solatium to Muthukumaran's parents, "which was turned down by them as reported in a section of media," and the attack on Babu, Karunanidhi said such "politicisation" of Muthukumaran's "sacrifice" was against "our ethos," and could turn the Sri Lankan issue into an instrument of "cheap publicity."

“Tamil Nadu will burn over the Lankan crisis, the whole of Tamil Nadu is going to erupt like a volcano. I condemn the betrayal of Indian govt. I will never forgive the Indian govt,” says MDMK chief Vaiko.

The state government on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rupees two lakh to the family of Muthukumaran, who set himself ablaze on January 29 "to express solidarity with the Sri Lanka Tamils".