MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Sunday took exception to a proposal of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board to construct apartments on the Moolakothalam graveyard in Chennai, claiming that it was a plan to help those who constructed multi-storeyed building around the place.
“They have somehow bribed the officials to clear the graveyard that was being used for the last 120 years. The Board is cleverly seeking to execute the plan by saying that the houses were meant for Adi Dravidars,” Mr. Vaiko said in a statement.
Pointing out that it was on this graveyard Tamil language martyrs, including Thalamuthu and Natarajan, were cremated or buried, Mr. Vaiko said the memorial of Dharmabal, who fought for social justice, was also constructed here.
“All over the world, burial grounds are preserved and not destroyed. In London, the Highate Cemetery where Karl Marx and George Eliot were buried, is still maintained,” he said and announced a protest on March 13 near the Chennai Collectorate.
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