Chennai: Huge crowds turned up outside K Muthukumaran's house in Kolathur to pay their last respects. Muthukumaran, who set himself ablaze on Thursday to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils, has been declared a martyr for the Tamil cause.
His death has fanned the protests against the Indian Government for not ensuring a cease fire in Sri Lanka. The leaders will continue the protest till the Tamil issue is solved.
“The whole Tamil Nadu is going to erupt like a volcano. We condemn the stand of the Indian Government which has supplied weapons to assist the Sri Lankan government in their genocidal attacks,” says Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko.
But already political parties in Tamil Nadu are divided over the Lankan crisis. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has strongly criticised MDMK's style of protests.
“Politicising such unfortunate incidents is against the Tamil culture. This will only demean the entire struggle,” says Karunanidhi.
Though the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has called for an executive council meeting on Febuary 3 to decide on the next course of action in the Sri-Lankan issue, the pro-Tamil parties in the state have called for a state-wide bandh on February 4.
They are sure that these protests will only intensify the Tamil cause in the coming days until a proper solution is found in the Sri Lankan crisis.