2 DMK men attempt self-immolation over Cauvery issue; SC agrees to hear TN’s plea

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Apr 2018 09:14:14



TWO DMK workers allegedly made self immolation bids in Coimbatore on Monday amid a State-wide stir for setting up Cauvery Management Board to implement the Supreme Court’s verdict on water allocation among the riparian States.

Amid protests across Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a contempt plea of the State against the Centre on April 9 on the Cauvery issue, while Governor Banwarilal Purohit left for Delhi.

According to sources, he left for the National capital on an
official visit. The Supreme Court bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said,”We understand Tamil Nadu’s difficulty of not getting water. We will resolve the issue. List the matter for April 9.”

Tamil Nadu had sought contempt action against the Centre for “failure” to frame the scheme for constituting the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee within six weeks, as directed by the apex court on February 16.

The pro-CMB stir, being spearheaded by DMK and a slew of pro-Tamil outfits, saw a slew of sit-ins and demonstrations by students and others at various places, including Chennai, Tiruvarur and Madurai.
According to police, over 1,000 persons were detained across the state in connection with protests and were released later in the day.

The two DMK activists, identified as P T Murugesan and Singai Sadashivam, doused themselves with kerosene and tried to set themselves ablaze at Coimbatore. They were however overpowered by policemen present at the spot and whisked away to a nearby police station.

PMK founder leader Dr S Ramadoss on Monday announced his party’s support for Tuesday’s call for shutdown by farmers organisations and traders, besides DMK-led Opposition parties’ bandh on April 5. He said his party
would support all Cauvery related protests.

On Tuesday, the ruling AIADMK cadres will observe a fast, seeking constitution of the CMB. Major Opposition affiliated trade unions, including LPF (DMK), and AITUC (CPI) meanwhile have decided to support the April 5 bandh.