Cauvery row: Youth from Tamil Nadu sets self afire during protests


Chennai: A 21-year-old youth, who had set himself on fire during a rally on the Cauvery issue here, succumbed to burns on Friday. Vignesh, a member of the fringe group Naam Tamilar Katchi doused himself with petrol and set himself on fire during a rally in Chennai on Thursday against alleged violence faced by Tamils in Karnataka. 

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He was hospitalised with over 90 per cent burns and was in a serious condition. During the protest, P Vignesh of Tiruvarur district suddenly ran to the middle of the road, poured petrol and set fire to himself before anyone could react. He was rushed to hospital. Doctors said he suffered 93 percent burns and his condition was said to be critical.

Cadres of NTK also allegedly attacked two cars with Karnataka registration numbers on Anna Salai at Teynampet on Thursday and assaulted one Kumaran who questioned their act.

Based on Kumaran’s complaint, the police have registered a case. In another incident, stones were thrown at the office of Indian Oil Corporation around 3.30 am. A note supposedly left by the attackers blamed the Centre over the Cauvery issue. Members of Shiv Sena and NTK staged rail roko at Periamet and Koyambedu. Students of Ambedkar College staged a road roko near NSC Bose Road.

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