Staff Reporter

ERODE: Tamil Nadu Pazhangudi Makkal Sangam, a tribes’ association, has urged the State Government to pay compensation as ordered by Justice Sadashiva Commission.

In a release the association has said the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments had compensated only 89 of the persons who had suffered excesses committed by security personnel engaged in search operations to nab slain forest brigand Veerappan.

It has also said there were hundreds of tribes in Erode, Salem and Dharmapuri districts who had lost their spouse, suffered injuries and were diseased and waiting for compensation.

It also decided to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to air their grievances.

The second of the tribes’ association’s demand was for early end to litigation related to operation to nab Veerappan.

“While it was laudable that the Government had chosen to release hundreds of prisoners on the eve Anna birth centenary celebrations, it must also take in to account the plight of persons said to be involved in cases registered in connection with the efforts to nab the forest brigand.

“The Government must bring an early end to the cases.”

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