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Dharmapuri case: Dalit youth`s father says probe not going in right track

Last Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 23:10

Chennai: The father of the Dalit youth, who was found dead in Dharmapuri some two months ago, on Monday submitted in the Madras High Court that the police probe into his son`s death was not going in the right track.
T Elango, in his reply to the status report filed by Dharamapuri Superintendent of Police, alleged police were determined to close the case of his son`s death as suicide.

He alleged the investigation was being done with a malafide intention to create an opinion to the court that his son committed suicide after consuming alcohol.

The Dharmapuri SP was unfair, unjust and not true to the Constitution, he alleged.

Elango`s son Ilavarasan, whose marriage to Hindu girl Divya had triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district in November last year, was found dead along a railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4, a day after the girl said she would never go back to him and instead stay with her mother.

He said not conducting an inquest near the scene of occurrence and deliberately getting signatures on blank papers from his wife and daughter would expose the illegal manner of conducting investigation.

Narrating the sequence of events after the death of his son Ilavarasan, he alleged the local police were not even ready to investigate in different angles as to whether the alleged note of suicide was forcibly written or written by some others to conceal the murder of his son.

After denying all the averments made in the status report, he said it was only just and necessary for a fair and impartial investigation to be conducted by appointing independent investigation officers including forensic experts.

Raising doubts on the death, several petitions were filed in the Madras High Court for a second post-mortem which was ordered by the court.

Dalit-outfit Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi chief Thirumavalavan`s petition seeking to appoint `Padma Bhushan` awardee Chandrasekharan as forensic investigator was dismissed by the High Court with an observation that it was left to the government to take a decision on the matter.


First Published: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 23:09

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