Thileepan’s first day of hunger strike remembered

Memorial events have been held on Saturday at the site of Thileepan’s hunger strike in Nallur, Jaffna.

31 years ago on 15.09.1987, Rasiah Parthipan alias Thileepan began a fast-unto-death campaign demanding the Indian central government of Rajiv Gandhi to fulfill the promises given to the Tamil Eelam National Leader.

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Thileepan died 12 days later on 26.09.1987, after Gandhi’s government failed to honour its promises.

Memorial events to mark Thileepan’s first day of hunger strike were also held today at Jaffna University, Kayts, Valvettithurai and Batticaloa.