'T.N. conceded some demands of Veerappan'

CHENNAI, NOV. 15. A Tamil militant `Radio' Venkatesan today claimed that the Tamil Nadu Government had ``conceded to some of the demands'' of the brigand Veerappan, for the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar.

Venkatesan, a member of the TNLA, an extremist outfit fighting for a separate Tamil homeland, was brought to a designated TADA court for extension of remand. He, along with eight others, is facing charges under IPC and the TADA, for causing explosions in different parts of the State and attacking a police station.

After the judge extended his remand till November 30, Venkatesan claimed before mediapersons that the State Government had ``conceded certain demands of Veerappan'' for releasing the hostages. Asked to explain his claim, he said, ``you will come to know about this in course of time''.

Asked whether he was disappointed that the main demand for releasing him and four other Tamil militants had not been met, he said, ``the release was done because it was inevitable... also it is a humanitarian gesture considering the age and health of the actor. But, now our movement has spread all over Tamil Nadu.''

He added, ``our revolution goes on. It makes no difference whether I am in prison or outside. We consider this as yet another incident in the path of our revolutionary struggle.''