Ramalingam, a office bearer of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in Tamil Nadu’s Kumbakonam was hacked to death after he argued with some who were allegedly trying to convert people in a Dalit village.
Ramalingam, who was a catering contractor by profession, had gone to a nearby village to meet people who knew culinary work. At the village, he encountered couple of people, who were reportedly trying to convince the villagers to embrace Islam. Ramalingam confronted them and convinced them to go away from the village.
Later in the night, when he was returning home, some anonymous miscreants attacked Ramalingam and hacked him to death. Locals found Ramalingam stained in blood and tried to rush him to Thanjavur district hospital, but by then he had already succumbed to injuries.
Some video clips that are going viral on the Internet, show Ramalingam arguing with a group of Muslims who were allegedly preaching Islam in the Dalit village. Ramalingam in the video is seen voluntarily wearing a Muslim skull cap while applying tilak on the foreheads of the Muslim men with whom he was arguing, to give out a message of communal solidarity.
Ramalingam tried to stop Muslim people who are involved in religious conversion.
— Indian ☺ (@Iam_Vrm) February 6, 2019
He made fun of them by applying vibhuthi in forehead & fighted till last to stop them.
Finally he called them all as #Terrorist group, i think that made them to kill him
Ramalingam – #TrueViratHindu 🙏🙏🙏
🕉️Om Shanthi 🕉️ pic.twitter.com/PTDyw00YjV
— MODIfied Indian 🇮🇳 (@MODIfiedTamilan) February 6, 2019
Meanwhile, Twitter users have demanded Justice for Ramalingam. Some also questioned national media’s silence over the incident.
Yesterday he opposed the conversion activity done by Muslims in a Dalit colony
Today he got MURDERED
His name was Ramalingam, from Kumbakonam
But we can’t expect a tweet from Rahul Gandhi
And Rajdeep & Barkha won’t call India as LYNCHISTHAN#justiceforramalingam
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) February 6, 2019
Statement from @drramadoss condemning Jihadis who murdered PMK functionary Ramalingam in cold blood for resisting conversion attempt.
Has any party other than PMK & BJP condemned this brutally?
— Ethirajan Srinivasan (@Ethirajans) February 6, 2019
Dear Hon PM @narendramodi ji, Hon @rajnathsingh ji, @Swamy39 ji Terrorists in TN killed #justiceforramalingam for opposing Muslim conversion on the same day. Hindu leaders and anyone opposing conversion being killed. Pls help TN Hindus. @HRajaBJP @republic @TimesNow
— JothiKrishna (@jothikrrishna) February 6, 2019
Sri Ramalingam, who tried to question some Muslims for conversion of Hindus into islam, has been brutally murdered by Muslims today He was a staunch Hindu who has been regularly trying to prevent Conversion of Hindus! #justiceforramalingam
— Jayaprakash (@itskJayaprakash) February 6, 2019
The Thiruvidaimaruthur police rushed to the spot. They began investigations to ascertain the reason for the murder. Tension prevailed in the area after the murder. Police personnel have been deployed there.