Tamil Nadu: Things went awkward when a man allegedly flung a chappal (slipper) and stone at Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who had come to pay respect to Dalit JNU sccholar J Muthukrishnan, who allegedly committed suicide at a friends place in New Delhi on March 13. His body was brought to his house in Tamil Nadu's Salem district today.
The incident took place when the Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Radhakrishanan, was addressing the media, some students and activists started raising slogans against the BJP-led central government. In between, a man flung the chappal at the Union minister, which, however, missed he target. The police have taken the person into custody.
Mr Radhakrishnan called the incident as "undesirable" and asked the Tamil Nadu BJP unit not to make a big issue out of it.
Suspecting foul play, the family of Mr Muthukrishnan had demanded a probe into his death on Tuesday following which a five-member medical board was constituted to conduct the autopsy. According to the prior reports by AIIMS doctors, Mr Muthukrishanan died due to hanging.
However, judical probe will be initiated based on the autopsy report, Mr Radhakrishnan told reporters.
Mr Radhakrishanan also stated mentioned that he will accepct (accusations) that this (death) has happened "because of the BJP coming to power".
These incidents "have been happening at many places for the last 60 years", he claimed. "In Mr Muthukrishnan's deah, I felt like having lost my own younger brother," Mr Radhakrishnan said.
While the Salem collector Sampath handed over a cheque of 3 lakh by the state government to Mr Jeevanandam, Mr Muthukrishnan's father.But state BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan condemned the chappal-throwing incident.
Mr Mutthukrishnan, an M.Phil student, who was studying at the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Jhelum hostel and said to be at the forefront of a students' movement following Dalit research scholar Rohit Verula's death, had severely criticised the JNU's admission policy in Facebook post ays before his alleged suicide.