3RD LEAD (Adds statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation)

Tamil Nadu journalist burns himself to death condemning Indian inaction

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 January 2009, 07:02 GMT]
A young Tamil activist burnt himself to death in front of the Shastri Bhavan, the Indian Central Government's Chennai Head office Thursday, reports from Chennai said. The activist, Mr. Muthukumar, from Thooththukkudi, who works for Pe'n'nea Nee feminist magazine as typist and also writes articles, doused himself with petrol and set himself afire, condemning the futile visit by Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who failed to stop the war in Sri Lanka and save Eezham Tamils.

Muthukumar
K. Muthukumar
(19.11.1982 - 29.01.2009)
With 95% burn injuries, the victim was rushed to the Kilpauk Medical College in a critical condition, with slim chances of survival. He succumbed within a short span of time, according to medical sources.

Tension prevails in the capital city of Chennai following the news of the young Tamil activist burning himself to death in front of Shastri Bhavan office.

Muthukumar
Muthukumar doused himself with petrol and set himself afire in front of the Shastri Bhavan, the Indian Central Government's Chennai Head office


The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation (Page 1)
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation (Page 2)
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation (Page 3)
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation
The statement distributed by Muthukumar before self-immolation (Page 4)


Thiyagi Muthukumar
26-year-old Muthukumar


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