Indian man dies over Lankan issue

A 30-year-old man died in Chennai today after setting himself ablaze here over Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, said police as protests continued against the island nation’s government across the state.

Vikram suffered severe burns after he set himself ablaze at an anti-Sri Lanka protest in a suburban area on Thursday night. He was taken to a government hospital, where he died later of his injuries. He is the second person to immolate himself in the on-going protests.

Earlier this month, Mani of Cuddalore district died after he too set himself ablaze, demanding action against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for war crimes committed against the Tamils there.

Protesting activists also demanded referendum among Lankan Tamils for creation of a separate Tamil ‘Eelam’ state. Lawyers in temple town Madurai and Salem district also staged demonstrations against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile the Rajya Sabha today witnessed rowdy scenes before it went on a recess as agitating members from the DMK and AIADMK turned violent, breaking the chairperson’s mike.

The upper house met at 2.30 p.m. after two adjournments. Members from DMK and AIADMK, who were protesting over the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, trooped near the chairperson’s podium.

Contending that the anti-Sri Lanka resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council was not strong enough, they accused the government of not doing enough.

Earlier, the upper house was adjourned twice over the same issue. The first adjournment came soon after it met at 11 a.m., when Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till noon. At noon it was adjourned again till 2.30 p.m.

(Courtesy India Today with IANS Inputs)