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Chennai: The multi-crore granite mining scam that rocked Tamil Nadu has now transfigured into a gory turn of events, involving the complicity of the top echelons of the private industry.

Corroborating the rampant incidence of human sacrifices, a complaint filed by M Sevarkodiyan, former driver of the PRP Granites in Madurai  accused P.R Palanichamy, the mining baron and owner of the country’s largest granite exporter for allegedly engaging in controversial human sacrifices in Tamil Nadu’s granite quarries.

According to a report filed by M Sevarkodiyan in the Madras High Court, in 1999, he was given an unusual task by the company to pick up mentally ill people from street, feed them, and later drop them in the company’s headquarters.

He further added that demented people were killed and buried by the associates of P R Palanichamy. Further, he claimed to have witnessed the burial of two such persons an year before. In 2004, a year after he resigned PRP Granites, Sevarkodiyan reported the matter to the police,

“The PRP head office was in Keelavalavu near Madhurai and they had quarries in other districts. Whenever we made an inspection trip, we were asked to pick up mentally ill people on the way. We didn’t have to force them to get into the vehicle. We simply had to hold their hands, and they would step inside the Jeep or Sumo,” Sevarkodiyan told The Indian Express.

Madras High Court has appointed a committee in order to probe into the case. After digging the quarry last weekend, skeletal remains of four people, including a child were found.

On 15th September, P R Palanichamy’s associates were questioned by the police. A tantrik from Kerala who allegedly led the human sacrifices is also being investigated.

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)

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