MDMK worker dies after self immolation

By PTI Published on Apr 03, 2018 11:38 AM IST

Madurai: An MDMK worker who set himself ablaze here last week in protest against the proposed Neutrino project at nearby Theni district, succumbed to burn injuries at a hospital on Monday, police said.

The incident occurred on 31 March shortly before party leader Vaiko was to start his 10-day "Padayatra" to create awareness on the 'impact' of the India based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project on farm lands at Ambarappar Hill area in Theni district.

The padayatra was inaugurated by DMK working president M K Stalin on Saturday. Ravi,the party cadre, set himself on fire near the dais where Vaiko was addressing the gathering.

He was rushed to a private hospital with severe burn injuries and died on Monday without responding to treatment Vaiko has offered his condolence to the family members of the deceased party worker.

The Centre had recently granted environmental clearance for the project. Various parties in Tamil Nadu have been opposing the project and demanding that the state government put on hold the clearance to be given by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board for it.

The DMK had at a recent meeting of it's executive committee, adopted a resolution asking the Tamil Nadu government to approach the National Green Tribunal against the environmental clearance given to INO by the Centre.