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TN govt orders commission to probe death of Dalit youth

Last Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:01

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Monday ordered a commission to "probe the truth" behind the death of a Dalit youth, whose marriage to a woman from another caste sparked anti-Dalit violence in Dharmapuri last year.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, expressing shock and grief over the death of Ilavarasan, said she had ordered a commission under former High Court Judge Justice SR Singaravelu to probe the matter.

"Social activists, political parties and individuals have been expressing various views (on the death). Ilavarasan`s father has also expressed doubts over his son`s death. Therefore, to probe the truth behind Ilavarasan`s death, I have ordered an inquiry commission under Justice S R Singaravelu," she said in a statement here.

Ilavarasan was found dead near a railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4, a day after his wife Divya had said she would never go back to him and would stay with her mother.


First Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:55

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