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Journalists protest attack on Dinakaran offices in Tamil Nadu

Hundreds of journalists participated in a march for justice in Coimbatore city on Wedensday evening after three employees of the local daily Dinakaran choked to death following a mob attack on the newspapers office in Madurai.

Coimbatore/Madurai, May 10 : Hundreds of journalists participated in a march for justice in Coimbatore city on Wedensday evening after three employees of the local daily Dinakaran choked to death following a mob attack on the newspaper's office in Madurai.

The journalists described the attack as a blot on the state of Tamil Nadu, even as police and Dinakran employees blamed the arson attack on supporters of M.K. Azhagiri, the eldest son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Karunanidhi.

"If the media is attacked, democracy is in danger. What happened in Tamil Nadu has never happened previously. It is a black day for the people of Tamil Nadu," said V.S. Palaniappan, the president of the Coimbatore Press Club.

Journalists said they would continue their agitation if the culprits responsible for the attack were not booked immediately.

"Those who indulged in the attack that claimed lives of three newspaper employees have to be arrested and should be detained under the stringent provisions of law.

If the government fails to initiate measures on these lines, the journalist fraternity across the state would consolidate their strength and wage a struggle till the end is achieved," said Gautham Suman of Hindi language daily Rajasthan Pathrika.

Employees of "Dinakaran" said Azhagiri's supporters were enraged after an opinion poll in the newspaper said that his younger brother and state minister Stalin should succeed his father as the next head of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

Azhagiri's supporters, including the Mayor of Madurai, burnt copies of the "Dinakaran", attacked its office with bricks and sticks and smashed windows. They also ransacked the office and threw Molotov cocktails inside, killing the three employees, police said.

Three workers were injured and hospitalised after the attack in Madurai city, about 440 km (270 miles) southwest of Chennai.

"Dinakaran" is owned by Kalanidhi Maran, the brother of federal Communications and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is also from the DMK.

Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi are nephews of Azhagiri, who was not available for comment.

ANI

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