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Coimbatore

Sasikumar killing: Probe whether killers had link with Pak terrorists, Minister tells police

Covai Post Network

Union Minister Pon. Radhakrishnan today asked the police to probe whether the killers of Hindu Munnani functionary, C. Sasikumar have any links with terrorists in Pakistan.

Replying to a specific question on the reasons behind the increasing attacks on leaders of Hindu organisation, Radhakrishnan said that it has to be taken into account that a few days after the Pakistan-sponsored attack, Coimbatore has also witnessed the murder, which was undoubtedly a terrorist activity.

“Considering this, police should investigate the link and if there is any, there is the possibility of this being an act of anti-national activity,” Radhakrishnan told reporters, after visiting the house of Sasikumar to offer his condolences to the family.

The killing was not based on religion, as leaders of all religions were present at the Government Hospital, where the body was kept and communal violence could have erupted, as thousands of Hindu outfit workers were present there, he pointed out.

“Police failed to see through the designs of terrorists, who are on the run and could have taken precautionary measures to prevent the fatal attack,” he said.

Hindu outfit leaders were being targeted since 1989, which reached its peak in 1998 serial blasts, killing 58 people, during the visit of BJP leader L.K. Advani, he said.

He also said that the funeral procession was moving without any problem, but violence started after a stone throwing incident near a place of worship, which culminated into a large scale violence and arson, exploited by anti-social elements.

Attributing the failure of police to provide adequate protection to Sasikumar, despite the murder and attacks on leaders of Hindu outfit in Hosur and Dindigul in the last 15 days, Radhakrishnan said that he was told that Sasikumar had sought police protection, following life threat against him.

However, Radhakrishnan said that he has full faith in Tamil Nadu police, which have formed six special teams, to nab the culprits. But they should also identify and bring to book those persons, who were really behind the brutal attack.

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