//Dalit murder causes tension in Tuticorin

Dalit murder causes tension in Tuticorin

Chennai | April 07, 2006 9:15:05 PM IST

The wife of Dalit leader Pasupathy Pandian was hacked to death and two of his aides seriously injured in a bomb attack in Tamil Nadu Friday.

The attack in the southern district of Tuticorin has created tension among caste groups and political outfits, and senior police officers have rushed to the district fearing clashes among supporters and opponents of Pandian.

The president of the Devendra Kula Vellalar Munnetra Sangam, Pandian is also the founder-leader of the Marutham Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam. The attack took place when Pandian was on his way to Tuticorin to attend a court hearing in a murder case in which he is an accused.

Pandian’s wife Jacintha, an advocate, was accompanying him to the Tuticorin court when assailants threw a country bomb at their car and attacked the people inside with sickles. Jacintha attempted to flee, but was hacked to death. Tuticorin police superintendent Mahesh Kumar Agarwal told reporters that Pandian had an old enmity with notorious gangster and Nadar leader VenkatesaPannayar of the region.

Pandian has allegedly killed Pannayar’s grandfather. Several attempts have been made on Pandian’s life before, police said. Pandian’s followers are supporting the ruling AIADMK in the next month’s assembly elections.