Don't think of suicide, Karunanidhi tells cadres

CHENNAI, JULY 6. Striking a note which appears straight from the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the DMK president, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, who was admitted to hospital here today for a check- up, advised his party cadres to see ``the futility of shirking one's duty''.

``Does anyone benefit if you run away from the obligations you owe to your society and country?'' Mr. Karunanidhi asked in a message to partymen before leaving for the hospital here.

Expressing his anguish at over 40 persons, associated with him and the DMK, having died of either 'shock' or having killed themselves following his ``brutal'' arrest last Saturday, Mr. Karunanidhi said suicidal propensities were no response to such situations.

``Even by mistake, please do not take recourse to any suicidal act, as our task ahead is to make a constructive contribution for the betterment of Tamil Nadu,'' Mr.Karunanidhi said in an emotive message.

``I salute the memory of those who have died in the last few days after hearing about my arrest'', Mr. Karunanidhi said, but made a fervent plea not to push him into further agony by trying to end their lives.

The DMK would assist the families of the deceased to the extent it could, he assured and annexed a list of those who had died in the last few days. It included Vanniya Adigalar, president of the State Vanniyar Sangam. Meanwhile, a press release from the Apollo Hospitals here said the condition of Mr. Karunanidhi, was stable. Investigations were being carried out.

The DMK general secretary, Mr. K. Anbazhagan, who was among those who called on Mr. Karunanidhi, told reporters that he might stay in the hospital for two or three days.