Missing For 2 Days, Congress Leader’s Burnt Body Found In Tamil Nadu

A dying declaration has been recovered and police are investigating whether it was written by the leader.


The burnt body of a Tamil Nadu Congress leader. who had been missing for two days, has been found in farmland owned by him, prompting the police to form three special teams to investigate the death. 

The leader, whose body was found in Tirunelveli on Saturday, is KPK Jeyakumar. He was the president of the Tirunelveli East district unit of the Congress.

Police said Jeyakumar had gone missing on Thursday and his son had filed a complaint the next day. A dying declaration has also been recovered and police are investigating whether it was written by him. It is not yet clear whether Jeyakumar was murdered or died by suicide.

If it is confirmed that Jeyakumar had written the dying declaration, it could open a can of worms as the document lists a few high-profile names and accuses them of intimidating him and cheating him of money. 

Superintendent of Police N Silambarasan said three special teams have been set up to investigate the case from all angles.

The AIADMK has attacked the ruling DMK government in the state over the mysterious death. Stating that the incident indicates a severe deterioration of law and order in the state, AIADMK chief and former chief minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami demanded the immediate arrest of those responsible. 

Tamil Nadu Congress chief K Selvaperunthagai, who is also the Sriperumbudur MLA, has condoled Jeyakumar’s death.