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Nobody killed three men who were murdered

Nobody killed three men who were murdered

Author: Arun Ram
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 10, 2009
URL: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/chennaitalkies/entry/nobody-killed-three-men-who

On May 9, 2007, a mob attacked the Madurai office of Tamil Daily 'Dinakaran' owned by Kalanidhi Maran. They smashed windows, computers and furniture, and set fire to the building. Three people - watchman K Muthuramalingam and engineers G Gopinath (25) and M Vinod Kumar (23) - were killed in the mindless violence. The Sun Network, which owns 'Dinakaran' was unambiguous while identifying the perpetrators of the violence: M K Alagiri's goons.

Two years and seven months later, on December 09, 2009, the Madurai district and sessions court acquitted all the 17 accused in the case. The judgment has shocked several people, but not some others who were closely following the case which was handed over to the CBI for investigation. Video footage of the attack were submitted in the court during the trial. And then, first witness who is a sub inspector of a nearby police station, and the second witness who is the deputy news editor of 'Dinakaran' turned hostile.

Let's go back to that dark day of arson that claimed the lives of breadwinners of three families. On that day, 'Dinakaran' had come out with a survey on who would be the political heir to Karunanidhi. Here are the results that amused political watchers and infuriated Alagiri: M K Stalin (Alagiri's younger brother and now deputy chief minister)- 70%; Alagiri- 2%; Kanimozhi (Rajya Sabha member and their half-sister)- 2%.

If what the survey said must have unsettled Alagiri, what was left unsaid must have made him seethe. While the survey did not say who polled the rest of the 26% votes, a whisper campaign had it that Kalanidhi's brother and then Union minister for IT & Communication and Karunanidhi's grand nephew Dayanidhi Maran had emerged the runner-up. Incidentally, two days before the spot-the-heir-apparent survey, 'Dinakaran' had come out with another survey that found Dayanidhi as the best performing Union minister from the state with 64% votes. Then health minister Anbumani Ramadoss had got 1% votes. When PMK, then DMK's ally, protested, Karunanidhi said that he did not believe in such silly surveys.

Four days after the survey, on May 13, 2007, Dayanidhi was forced to put in his papers as the Union minister, making it clear that the Karunanidhi-Maran family has ceased to be a hyphenated entity. Much water has flown down the dirty Cooum since then. After nearly 19 months of open spats and closed-door confabulations steeped in family emotions, business considerations and political shrewdness, the extended first family of the Dravidian land said cheese to press photographers at Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram residence on December 08, 2008. The rest is recent history that saw Alagiri and Dayanidhi sharing cabinet berths after the UPA returned to power in May this year.

Three other families - those of the Dinakaran employees who died in the arson" are keeping away from the media. We don't know if their tears have dried. But we can assume that they are not yet ready to smile.

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