Protests Across TN Condemning Killing of Hindu Outfit Leader

Protests Across TN Condemning Killing of Hindu Outfit Leader

A day after the brutal murder of a Hindu Munnani leader, parts of Tamil Nadu witnessed protests by pro-Hindu outfits and BJP condemning the killing besides stray incidents of stone-pelting on buses.

Tiruvallur District President of Hindu Munnani Suresh Kumar was hacked to death last night at Ambattur here by an unidentified gang.

Activists of Hindu outfits, who converged in front of the Kilpauk Government Medical College Hospital here to take the body of the deceased functionary after autopsy, resorted to stone-pelting and blocked traffic on the arterial Ponnamalle High Road, police said.

They raised slogans condemning the killing and roughed up a man in the hospital premises who tried to take photos of the activists. Stone-pelting on buses were reported from Aminjikarai here as well. Similar protests were held in Vellore, Tirunelveli and Madurai, according to reports reaching here.

In Mettupalayam on the foothills of Nilgiris near Coimbatore, about 100 Hindu Munnani activists were arrested when they attempted to stage demonstration.

The murder of Suresh Kumar comes days after Hindu Munnani founder leader Ramagopalan's lament that "there is law in Tamil Nadu but there is no order."

DMK leader M K Stalin had quoted the Munnani leader flaying the law and order situation in Tamil Nadu. BJP Tamil Nadu unit president and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan condemned the murder of Kumar and urged the state government to bring to book the culprits.

Last year, after the killings of several leaders of Hindu outfits including S Vellaiappan (Hindu Munnani), Auditor Ramesh (BJP) and V Arvind Reddy (BJP), Chief Minsiter Jayalalithaa ordered stern action.

A CB-CID team arrested Panna Ismail, Police Fakruddin and Bilal Malik in October 2013. They also allegedly planted a pipe bomb on BJP leader L K Advani's yatra route near Madurai in 2011. Charge sheets have also been filed in the Auditor Ramesh and Madurai Suresh murders.

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