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Tirunelveli, April 19, 2011
A youth committed suicide by immolating himself, allegedly for the Sri Lankan Tamils issue at Seegampatti village in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu last night.
According to reports reaching here today, the deceased R Krishnamurthy (25), an engineer, doused himself with kerosene oil and set himself ablaze in his house. He died on the spot.
Unconfirmed reports said Krishnamurthy had reportedly written a letter before taking the extreme step stating that he was upset "with the plight of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka and the diatribe unleashed against the innocent Tamils by the Rajapaksa government in the Island nation."
Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko visited the house of Krishnamurthy this morning and paid his homage.
Seegampatti village was very near to Kalingapatti, the home-turf of the firebrand politician and pro-Tamil activist Vaiko.