Lawyers continue fast
: Even as college students’ who were on indefinite fast for the past four days opposite Passport Seva Kendra here gave up their protest on Thursday evening, 13 budding advocates of the Government Law College here are continuing their agitation. However, the students have decided to organise a relay fast from Friday.
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political council member K.M.A. Nizam and principal of St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, Rev. Fr. Joseph SJ, offered juice to the protestors to mark the end of the agitation that demanded the Indian Government to move a resolution in the United Nation’s Human Rights session on Geneva to declare Sri Laknan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as an international war criminal and to form an international forum to investigate the alleged human rights violations in the island nation during the last phase of its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Earlier in the day, 16 students from MDT Hindu College, Pettai, joined the agitators to take the protestors sitting opposite Passport Seva Kendra number to 31. After boycotting classes, good number of students from St. Xavier’s College and St. John’s College staged a road roko in front of their colleges and joined the agitators around noon. Melapalayam Inspector of Police T. Jayasekaran urged the students to give up their agitation considering the “deteriorating health” of a few students who started their protest four days ago. Another group of students from Francis Xavier Engineering College joined the protestors to express their solidarity. Meanwhile, students of PMT College, Melaneelithanallur and JP College, Aayikudi, boycotted classes in support of the protesting students.
Five lawyers — N. Suresh Kumar, A. Ignatius, L. Raguraman, K. Stephendas and P. Bertrand Russell — of the Tuticorin district court also staged a fast.
As many as 25 students including 8 girls of Vivekananda Arts and Science College at Agastheeswaram observed fast for the same cause.