Comrade Mani migrated to Chennai four decades ago. He started his career as an auto-driver and later started becoming active in the auto drivers' union in Chennai. In 2004, opposing the bureaucratic CITU leadership, he founded a militant labour union. Revolting against the revisionist CPI(M), in 2008, he joined the CPI(ML) and became Chennai district committee member and later its secretary.
Once the news of his demise reached T. Nagar and MGR Nagar, the main areas of his activity, besides Perambur where he was living in a hired house, Party and TUCI comrades arrived at his house along with Tamil Nadu state secretary Com Doraiswamy and remained with his family till the evening. On 7th morning, party general secretary Com K.N. Ramachandran, who was in Chennai for a party programme, went to Com Mani's house along with Com Doraiswamy to extend condolences to his family.
On 1st April male jail staff arrived at Barrack No. 3, women's barrack (where Angela was lodged) with cables. When the inmates made enquiries, they were informed that CCTV cameras were going to be installed inside their barracks. Angela and the other inmates protested that this would be a clear invasion of their privacy since women inmates change their clothes, apply medicines (as skin infections are rampant in the overcrowded condition of the jail) and in the height of summer without any fans, women use minimum clothes while sleeping in the barracks. They wanted to see the notice allowing CCTVs inside the barracks.
The Jail Superintendent went to Barrack No. 3 in the evening and next day morning, and said that he was in no mood to hold discussions with the inmates, and accused Angela of instigating other inmates. He threatened to: (i) put her in 24 hour isolation and (ii) to put a case on her for not allowing jail officials to perform their duties. Angela and the other inmates explained that they have no objection to CCTV cameras at the entrance of the barracks, corridors, court yard, at the gate, steps and offices, but that they cannot be installed inside the barracks. On 2nd April 2015, after bandhi, at around 6.30 p.m. about 10-12 jail staff came to Barrack No. 3 and took Angela away saying that she was being kept in a "separate" cell – obviously as punishment for opposing the CCTV installation. Angela protested by starting a hunger strike that evening itself. The circular issued by Meera Borwankar, I.G., Prisons, where it is stated that CCTV cameras ought to be installed at: (i) main gate; (ii) judicial office; (iii) High Security Cells; & (iv) mulaqat rooms. The Circular does not state that cameras should be installed inside the barracks.
Again there was no round taken by the jail staff the next day, i.e., 5th April 2015, as it was a Sunday. Angela was on continued hunger strike. On Monday 6th April 2015, when bandi was opened, (i.e., the jail inmates are allowed to come out from the barrack into the jail courtyard), all other inmates were told not to talk to Angela. Angela submitted her letter to a prison officer -that she was on a hunger strike and demanded that (i) the CCTV cameras not be installed inside the barracks; and (ii) that she be returned to the barracks. It took determined stand of the women prisoners and five days of hunger strike by Angela to compel the jail authorities to accept the question of women's privacy and not to implement the cameras inside the barracks. The CPDR and democratic right activists extended support to the struggle.
Since Angela continued her hunger strike for the 5th day, and her weight had come down to 57 kgs, the Superintendent came to meet her on 7th April 2015, and told her that she was always obstructing measures he was trying to implement. She pointed out that she did not oppose measures which were in the interest of women inmates, and pointed out that the CCTV cameras inside the barracks were in violation of women inmates' right to privacy. He finally gave an assurance that he would consider. She was removed from the isolation cell by evening. Based on this, and the assurance given to her, Angela withdrew her hunger strike on that evening
The Tamil TV channel later cancelled the programme but two tiffin box bombs of low intensity were thrown at the channel's office. Several Hindu organisations sponsored by RSS opposed the DK's "thali" removal programme.
However, the beef-eating ceremony arranged by the DK had to be cancelled after the stay order of the court was communicated to its leaders. Though Justice D. Hariparanthaman of TN High Court, on 13th April, quashed a ban order imposed by the Chennai police on both the events, this was overturned by a special sitting of the Division Bench consisting of Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice K. Venugopal at the former's residence.
"Securing supplies of iron ore, a key steelmaking raw material, has proved tougher", the site said, quoting Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of fundamental research at Karvy Stock Broking Ltd to say that "Posco has waited for a very long period and probably they thought it was time to take a final decision on their future course." The development has taken place following the South Korean company's decision to shut its engineering and construction unit in Gurgaon. Before that, in 2013, it scrapped a plan to build a steel plant in Karnataka because of land and mining delays. In2013, Arcelor- Mittal, the world's biggest producer of the alloy, pulled out of its steelmaking.
On the same day, 20 labourers – mostly adivasis from Tamil Nadu – were gunned down by the police in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district. The police claimed that the slain men were smugglers of red sanders — a rare wood with huge demand in the international market – and that the police had opened fire after coming under attack by the smugglers in Seshachalam forest in two places within a radius of one kilometre. This police story too has been proved to be nothing but a sinister lie, and the 20 workers were actually barbarously killed by the police not in self-defence and certainly not on the spot but after being taken into custody and being brutally beaten up on the previous day. An eye witness has asserted that 7 of the 20 killed were picked up by the AP police from a running bus on the AP-Tamil Nadu border. Landless tribals from Tamil Nadu are lured by smugglers into cutting trees. The labourers are not aware of the risks they have to face and are made to believe that cutting trees is a petty crime Thus there are numerous cases of this type in the AP-Tami Nadu border areas, where hundreds of poor adivasi-dalit workers are compelled to cut wood in forests by a powerful mafia engaged in a multi-crore business and enjoying political support. When caught by the police they are subjected to rigorous imprisonment and sometimes even killed. More than two thousand are now perishing in jails. Instead of taking action against the king-pins, the police are engaged in killing and torturing these hapless labourers.
The AP, Telengana and Tamil Nadu committees of CPI(ML) Red Star have severely condemned these killings and demanded stringent action against those responsible for the genocide. The CPI(ML) Red Star calls on all democratic forces to come out against these mass killings in the name of fake encounters