Police trainee killed on tracks

A trainee attached to the Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) force was killed on the tracks at the Avadi railway station on Thursday.

The police said N. Arasaappan (21) was a native of Pagan village in Thiruvadani taluk of Ramnad district and was undergoing training at the Second Battalion training institute (TN 2 BN) in Avadi since Feburary 18. He was staying in accommodation provided at the training institute. On Thursday, around 8.30 p.m., a few commuters at the railway station in Avadi saw Arasaappan jumping in front of the incoming Trivandram Express. He died on the spot.

Government Railway Police officers were informed about the accident and the body was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital at Chennai Central for post-mortem. “We suspect it is a case of suicide as we were told that he went onto the tracks suddenly, taking the driver of the Trivandrum Express by surprise and left no time for the driver to slow down. The case is under investigation,” said a police officer.

Meanwhile, it was claimed the police trainee had lost his life for the cause for Tamil Eelam and in protest against the Indian and Sri Lankan governments. It is said Arasaappan had written a seven-page suicide note where he stated his death was for the Tamil Eelam cause. However, the police dismissed the claims. “We did not recover any such suicide note from the deceased and the cause of the death is being probed,” said a police officer.

Man who self-immolated dies

A day after he immolated himself over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in the city, a 30-year-old man succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

The police said S. Vikram (30), an electrician in Vannagaram near Koyambedu, was spotted at a public meeting organised to espouse the cause of suffering Sri Lankan Tamils at suburban Redhills last night. After the meeting, he suddenly doused himself with kerosene and set himself ablaze. Vikram shouted pro-Eelam slogans and also denounced the Sri Lankan Government for indulging in genocide of innocent Tamils during the final phase of the war with the LTTE in May 2009.

Vikram, who suffered more than 80 per cent burns, was rushed to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, where he succumbed on Friday morning.

He was the second person to have sacrificed his life over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in the recent past after Mani, an activist of the Naam Tamizhar outfit, self-immolated at Cuddalore earlier this month. Vikram’s self-immolation coincided with the passage of the US Resolution against Lanka at the UNHRC meeting in Geneva that called for a detailed probe into the allegations of war crimes and massive human rights violations during the last stages of the war.

Vikram’s suicide comes at a time when students’ protests on the issue have intensified in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, over 500 people, under the banner of Eelam Tamils, staged a fast at Valluvarkottam in the city, demanding the holding of a referendum among Tamils in Sri Lanka for creation of a Tamil Eelam.

Infant dies

A six month-old infant was crushed under a car’s wheels on Second Beach lane in Parry’s Corner on Friday afternoon.

The police said B. Michael Raj, the victim, was playing on the pavement of the lane near the Madras High Court, when he came under the left rear wheel of a car in reverse. At the time of the accident, Michael’s mother, B. Chitra (24), who is a flower vendor, was at the makeshift flower shop on the pavement where the boy was playing, while the boy’s father, Bhupathi (30), a labourer, was at work. The boy was rushed to the Government Stanley Hosptial where doctors said declared him ‘brought dead’. A case has been filed by the North Beach police and the driver of the car, K. Santhosh of Pattabiram, was arrested under section 304A (negligence) of the IPC.

Student commits suicide

A city college student committed suicide in Vyasarpadi on Friday evening.

The police said R. Gautami (17), a first-year student of the department of mathematics in Ethiraj College, hanged herself from a ceiling fan around 7 p.m on Friday. The police has filed a case and investigations are underway.

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