January 18, 2018
Muthulakshmi, widow of forest brigand Veerappan launched ‘Mann Kaakkum Veerathamizhar Peramaippu’ (Federation of Brave Tamils to protect the Soil) in Salem on Thursday to fight for the cause and rights of Tamil Nadu.
She launched the organisation after cutting a cake on the 66th birth anniversary of Veerappan, who was killed on October 18, 2004 in an encounter near Dharmapuri.
“Veerappan has protected the rights of Tamil Nadu, its soil and water, including Cauvery, when he was alive and the situation has come to a stage when the State has to fight for its land and water rights,” Muthulakshmi said.
“Cauvery water was flowing to Tamil Nadu without any disruption and no official from Karnataka dared to enter Hogenakal when he was alive,” she said.
“A dam is being constructed at Mekedatu, which Karnatakawould not have dreamt of if Veerappan had been alive today. The oganisation will fight for the cause of the State, as there is no fresh and clean water available in the State.”
Muthulakshmi plans to tour the State to strengthen the organisation. Veerappan’s daughters Vidyarani and Prabha, an advocate P. Mohan, and a film actor were present on the occasion.