Dalit leader escapes unhurt after bombs were hurled at his car
Tuticorin: The wife of Dalit leader Pasupathi Pandian, Jessintha (40), was killed after unidentified persons attacked their car at Eppothumvendran, near here, on Friday morning.
Zakir Hussain (35) and Muniyasamy (37), who were accompanying the couple, suffered injuries and were admitted to Tuticorin Government Hospital. Tension gripped the district after the incident.
Mr.Pandian recently founded the Marutham Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam. Police sources said he was on his way to Tuticorin for attending the trial of a murder case, in which he was an accused. His car was followed by two Sumo vans carrying his friends.
Truck blocked way
According to eyewitnesses, when the convoy was crossing the Eppothumvendran bridge, it was blocked by a truck. Around 20 persons got down from it and hurled bombs at Mr.Pandian's car. These did not explode properly and Mr.Pandian escaped unhurt. He jumped into one of the other vehicles and drove away.
His wife, stranded in the car, was shot dead. The assailants also stabbed her. They spared Mr.Hussain and Mr.Muniyasamy, who lay injured on the ground. Four other friends of Mr.Pandian jumped into the river and escaped.
The attackers abandoned the lorry and escaped in cars waiting near the bridge.
Mr.Pandian immediately reported the matter at the Ettayapuram police station. Security in the district was tightened and police are on the look out for the accused.
"The situation is well under control and we have established pickets and patrols in the area, " Superintendent of PoliceMahesh Kumar Aggarwal, told The Hindu .