DMK functionary killed in bomb attack

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Chennai, Nov 17: A functionary of the ruling DMK was killed in a bomb attack at Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu today. Reports received here said a car-borne gang, hurled country- made bombs at DMK Triuvarur District Secretary ''Poondi'' Kalaichelvan and later attacked him with lethal weapons, killing him on the spot.

The incident, which occurred in front of his residence, has sent shock waves through the locality. As tension prevailed in the area, police pickets were posted to prevent any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi expressed shock over the killing and said Kalaichelvan's death was an ''irreparable loss.'' He also conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.

A report from Tiruvarur said the body of Mr Kalaichelvan was taken to the Tiruvarur Government Hospital for a post-mortem.

Personal enmity was stated to be the reason for the killing.

As the news spread, shopkeepers downed their shutters in Koradacheri village, where his house was situated and in other parts of Tiruvarur. Bus services to and from Tiruvarur were also suspended following the incident.


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