DMK workers protest
DMK workers protest

DMK workers protest after denial of Karunanidhi's burial at Marina Beach

ANI | Updated: Aug 07, 2018 23:34 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 7 (ANI): After the Tamil Nadu government denied burial space for Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi near the Anna Memorial at Marina beach, violence broke outside Kauvery Hospital demanding the same.
DMK supporters ransacked police barricades outside the hospital to which Chennai police resorted to lathi-charge. Many cadres outside Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram residence also chanted,"We want Marina!".
Amid the ruckus, Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh agreed to hear a case against denial of burial land by the Tamil Nadu government for Karunanidhi at around 10:30 pm today.
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi came out in support of Karunanidhi burial space stating that the latter should be given space on Marina Beach. "Like Jayalalitha ji, Kalaignar was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people. That voice deserves to be given space on Marina Beach. I am sure the current leaders of Tamil Nadu will be magnanimous in this time of grief," Rahul Tweeted.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also expressed his condolence over the demise of Karunanidhi and called the Tamil Nadu government to not play politics in connection with the same.
"I express my deep condolences on the sad demise of Karunanidhi ji. Today, we have lost one of the great leaders of the country. He is respected all over the country. I pay my homage to him. It's a personal loss to me," Azad said while speaking to reporters here.
"The government of Tamil Nadu should not play politics. On such occasions, government and parties should be above politics. Kalaignar should be given his due. He deserves rightful place even after his demise," he added.
Azad also confirmed that Congress President Rahul Gandhi along with other party leaders would be leaving for Chennai tomorrow.
Even actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth took to social media and said that "I humbly request the Tamil Nadu Government to take all efforts to restore the honorable Kalaignar artist, to be buried next to Anna memorial. This would be the highest tribute paid to him".
Karunanidhi's body has left for his Gopalapuram residence, where it will stay till 1:00 am, following which it will remain at his daughter, Kanimozhi's CIT Colony residence till 4:00 am.
The Kalaignar's body will then be taken to the Rajaji Memorial for people to pay their last respects. The five-time chief minister passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. He was 94.
Tamil Nadu's Kalaignar breathed his last at Kauvery Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). He is survived by three wives and six children. (ANI)