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Tamil Nadu: BJP Stages Hunger Strike, Holds Candlelight March Against DMK Govt Over Murder of Army Man

Last Updated: February 22, 2023, 08:28 IST

The Tamil Nadu BJP chief Annamalai said the purpose of the hunger strike was to wake up the DMK-led state government (Photo by @BJP4TamilNadu)

The BJP also held a candlelight vigil in the evening and staged a silent march up to the war memorial in Chennai

A week after the death of Army jawan Prabhu, who was allegedly beaten to death by a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Councillor, the Tamil Nadu unit of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), along with the party’s ex-servicemen wing, staged a one-day hunger strike against the state government.

The incident pertains to February 8, where a DMK Councillor, Chinnasamy (50) along with his accomplices allegedly beat up a 28-year-old army personnel Prabhu, leading to his death in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri.

Hundreds of people participated in the protest on Tuesday, where Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai questioned the “silence” of Chief Minister Stalin on the issue.

Speaking to CNN News 18, Annamalai said the purpose of the hunger strike was to wake up the DMK-led state government.

“Prabhu was beaten and assaulted on February 8, but the police took action six days later. The hunger fast is to wake up the DMK from its slumber. The way the Chief Minister has handled the issue, I hang my head in shame that we have let down an army soldier,” he said.

The BJP Chief asserted that Prabhu’s death has been conflated to reflect the attitude among Tamils towards those serving in the Army. “The impression that is going around across the country is that Tamil Nadu doesn’t care for its soldiers,” he said.

The BJP also held a candlelight vigil in the evening and staged a silent march up to the war memorial in Chennai.

“This is to create awareness among people of the country that we, as Tamilians, will stand behind our army soldiers,” Annamalai added.

Tamil Nadu BJP also assured the family of the deceased Armyman that the party will pay Rs.10 lakh and also take care of the education expenses of his school-going children.

Meanwhile, ex-servicemen of the BJP demanded that the state government pay compensation of Rs.5 crore to Prabhu’s family and sanction a government job for his wife.

Prabhu was beaten to death in Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. After battling for life at a hospital for six days, he succumbed to his injuries.

According to police, Prabhu’s sister-in-law used the water tank near the Panchayat office for washing clothes. What started off as an argument between the two parties led to physical attacks between the two groups.

The brawl escalated to an extent that the DMK Councillor along with nine persons allegedly attacked the victim Prabhu, and his brother, Prabhakaran later that day.

Prabhu’s family has strongly sought action from the Chief Minister against the DMK Councillor and his men.

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