Chennai: A youth who had attempted self-immolation here in protest against Karnataka’s attitude towards sharing of Cauvery river water with Tamil Nadu succumbed to burn injuries here on Friday, the NTK party said in a statement here.
The youth, identified as Vignesh, was a member of the Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) party founded by film director S. Seeman.
The NTK party statement said Vignesh died on Friday and his body will be kept at the party office here for people to pay their last respects.
The body will be transported to Vignesh’s native place ‘Mannargudi town’ and the final rites will be held there on Saturday.
The self-immolation bid happened on Thursday when the party was holding a rally here in support of Tamil Nadu’s claims over Cauvery river water.
Suddenly Vignesh poured kerosene on himself and lit the match. Though the blaze was doused quickly, he suffered severe burn injuries and was taken to a government hospital for treatment.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed for peace in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the rising violence in the states. “The violence and arson seen in the last two days is only causing loss to the poor, and to our nation’s property.”
Referring to the Supreme Court order to Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu till September 20, Siddaramaiah said: “It is difficult to implement the order but we will ensure enough drinking water for Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya and other Cauvery basin areas.”