Leader of the Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday demanded that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K P alanisami should resign in the wake of allegations that he was behind the burglary into late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s Kodanad estate in April 2017 in the aftermath of which five persons died under mysterious circumstances,.
He was reacting to the charge made by prime suspect in the break-in Sayan at a press meet organised by former Tehelka editor Samuel Mathews that he carried out the burglary at the behest of Palanisami to get at important documents Jayalalitha had kept on AIADMK leaders
The incident led to five deaths. Bungalow watchman Kim Bahadur Thapa was beaten to death by the burglars. Hours later burglar and former Jayalalitha’s car driver Kanakaraj died in a road accident near Salem and his Kerala accomplice Sayan was injured in a car accident near Palakkad in which his wife and daughter died. Adding to the mystery, the official CCTV operator Dinesh Kumar committed suicide.
Stalin said that as Edappadi was sought to be implicated in these deaths, he should step down to ensure a fair investigation. He also said the BJP Government at the Centre “ is also answerable as it is shielding this government”.
Demanding a CBI enquiry, CPM State secretary K Balakrishnan said the burglary and the mysterious deaths that followed raised several questions at that time and police had made little progress in their investigations. Therefore, the enquiry should be handed over to the CBI, he demanded.