A village Administrative Officer who was an impediment to sand smugglers killed! MNM asks the State Government to come down strongly on those who exploit natural resources!

27 April 2023


Lourde Francis, VAO of Murappanadu Kovil Pathu,iVaikundam, Thoothukudi district, has been brutally killed! His honest disposition & his stance on sand mafia, smuggling sand from Thamirabarani river basin has cost him his dear life.

Makkal Needhi Maiam expresses grief and offers condolences to the family of Lourde Francis.

Sources say that he had lodged a complaint already , but the police officials have paid no heed. This heartbreaking non - chalance from TN police is totally unacceptable. We sincerely hope that the Thamizhnadu police will live up to its reputation and ensure that such complaints are looked into seriously. 

We welcome the State Government's announcement of monetary compensation of ₹1 crore and a job to the next of kin. 

MNM places a demand to the State Government to ensure the safety of social activsts and government officials who fight to preserve our natural resources. 

- A.G. Mourya., IPS (Rtd)
 Vice President, Makkal Needhi Maiam.

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