MDMK leader Vaiko’s nephew, Saravana Suresh, set himself on fire in Virudhunagar on Friday morning demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management board. Suresh is the son of Ramanujam, brother of Vaiko’s wife Renuka Devi.
The 50 Years old man is a resident of Virudhunagar, told family members he was going out for a walk, and then in a market, doused himself in kerosene and set himself ablaze. He is now in a critical state and 80% of his body was burnt.
After informing his wife, Amudha, Suresh went for a walk around 5am. He doused himself with kerosene and set himself on fire on a playground in the area around 7am. According to police sources, Suresh raised slogans demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board during the self-immolation attempt.
In a statement, Vaiko appealed to people not to commit suicide. Vaiko stated that though Saravana Suresh was not holding party post, he had been working for the party for several years. Suresh had taken part in the recent march against the neutrino project in Theni, the MDMK leader recalled.
Suresh apparently told his wife that he was upset over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu on Friday in the backdrop of the Centre’s failure to constitute the Cauvery Management Board.
Addressing the media in Chennai, Vaiko broke down and began to weep. He appealed to the public to not take such drastic measures.
“I beg the youngsters of Tamil Nadu to not immolate themselves anymore. Please let us stand and fight,” he said.
On Thursday, a 25-year-old man from Erode committed suicide over the non-formation of the Board. Dharmalingam had written on the wall of his house that he strongly opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu and urged the Central government to constitute the Cauvery Management Board. He suffered 90% burn injuries and passed away.
The Supreme Court had in its February 16 verdict had asked the Centre to set up the CMB within six weeks, but the deadline lapsed on March 29, with the Centre failing to set up the board and seeking three months time to do so.
The protests had forced organisers of IPL to shift home matches of Chennai Super Kings to Pune from Chennai’s Chepauk stadium.