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DMK leader Arumugam dead

Posted on Nov 23, 02:47PM | IANS

Senior DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam died here Friday after a brief illness.

Arumugam, 75, was admitted to a hospital two days ago. His condition turned critical Friday. The body is being taken to Salem.

DMK president M. Karunanidhi paid homage to Arumugam. The party has announced a three-day mourning.

Arumugam was elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly six times during a long political career that started in 1957.

He was arrested on charges of land grabbing after the AIADMK took power in 2011. He was released about a month ago.