A partial but significant victory for Pricol workers

A partial but an extremely significant victory was won when the High Court set aside the Lower Court verdict of life sentence for 6 out of 8 activists of Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam. Eight leading activists of the Kovai Maavatta Pricol Thozhilalargal Otrumai Sangam – Comrades Gunabalan, Manivannan, Rajendran, Ramamurthy, Sampath, Saravanakumar, Sivakumar and Velmurugan – had been sentenced to ‘double life imprisonment’ in a shocking verdict of the Coimbatore Sessions Court. Following the HC judgement, the 6 comrades who have been acquitted, will be released soon. Appeal against the sentence for 2 comrades, Com. Manivannan and Com. Ramamurthy will be made in Supreme Court. The management appeal against acquittal of other 16 comrades, including AICCTU President Com. S. Kumaraswamy was also dismissed by the High Court.