Nedumaran continues fast despite appeals

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Chennai, Sep 14 (UNI) Notwithstanding appeals from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and leaders of various parties, Tamil Nationalist Movement (TNM) leader P Nedumaran, a staunch supporter of Eelam Tamils, continued his indefinite fast for the third day today.

Sources close to Mr Nedumaran told UNI that he was continuing with the fast, demanding permission to send relief materials to suffering Tamils in neighbouring Sri Lanka.

The fast would continue till permission was granted to take medicines and food to the suffering Eelam Tamils in the island nation, they said.

Mr Nedumaran, who was earlier detained under the now defunct POTA for his support to the banned LTTE, began his fast at Nagapattinam on September 12 after police foiled his bid to set sail to Lanka in a boat with medicines and food to the suffering Tamils by arresting him along with 150 of his supporters. After his release the same day, Mr Nedumaran arrived here yesterday and continued his fast at a private place in Koyambedu.

Mr Karunanidhi, in a letter to the aged Nedumaran, appealed to him to give up the fast considering his health condition. He assured him that the Government would take steps to support the cause.

Making the appeal from the train enroute to Erode, he said he would meet him after his return to the city in the next two days.

Pledging their unflinching support to Mr Nedumaran, party leaders espousing the cause of Tamils like PMK founder-leader S Ramadoss, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, Dalit Panthers of India leader Thol Thirumavalavan urged him to give up the agitation.


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