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Dalits protest, demand inquiry into Ilavarasan's death; HC directs state to keep body

DC CORRESPONDENT | 06th Jul 2013
A Dalit leader explains their charter of demands including having doctors of their choice for conducting autopsy and handing over probe to a competent authority over the suspicious death of Dalit Ilavarasan which created a tense situation in
A Dalit leader explains their charter of demands including having doctors of their choice for conducting autopsy and handing over probe to a competent authority over the suspicious death of Dalit Ilavarasan which created a tense situation in Dharmapuri since Thursday. (DC)

Dharmapuri: Doctors at the Gove­rnment Hospital (GH) in Dharmapuri on Friday conducted a postmortem on  Ilavarasan, the Dalit youth who was found dead near a railway track behind the Gover­nment Arts Coll­ege the previous day,  even as hundreds of Dalit villagers from the vicinity of Nayak­ankottai gathered at the GH, and demanded a detailed probe, claiming that the boy was murdered.

The protesters dema­nded that two physicians of their choice be present during the autopsy and that the entire process be videographed. Doctors, however, completed the procedure after allegedly receiving consent from the victim’s family members.

As the news of this spread, the villagers staged a sit-in protest and refused to clear the premises until a second postmortem was done in the presence of forensic experts of their choice.  

The area was cleared late on Friday after the police assured the angry groups that they would abide by the directive of the Madras high court and take appropriate action.

Several police battalions were depl­oyed across the district, especially in villages prone to violence, and the ones that were affected by the Ilavarasan-Divya marriage including Natham Colony, Anna Nagar and Sella­nkottai, Divya’s native place.

An uneasy calm prevailed outside the girl’s home which had rema­ined locked for the past month, the family having left. A team of police personnel guarded the home and the rest of the village to prevent escalation of violence.

Dharmapuri SP Asra Garg said that the railway police would be continuing with the investigation into the murder. “We will take up the investigation when we are asked to by the higher officials. As of now, we are only taking care of the law and order situation,” he said.

As per the earilier court’s directive, the video-recording of the autopsy is expected to be handed over to Ilava­rasan’s family on Friday or Saturday.

Further, police said that the investigation would continue only after the postmortem results arrived and if the youth’s family was satisfied.

HC orders Ilavarasan body be kept till July 9

Chennai: The Madras high court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu government  to put off the cremation of Ilavarasan,  until Tuesday to allow further investigation into his death.

A division bench comp­r­i­sing Justice V. Dhana­pa­lan and Justice C.T. Sel­v­am also directed the government to hand over a copy of the postmortem re­port along with the videograph of the proce­du­re to the boy’s father, Elango.

A senior advocate, San­karasubbu had earli­er urged the court to allow a doctor of   Ilavarasan’s pa­rents’ choice to be present during the postmortem Fr­iday morning. In respo­nse, public prosecutor Sh­anmugavelayutham told the judges that the procedure had been completed by 11am by a team led by Dr. Dhudeer.

Sankarasubbu , however, claimed  he had inf­ormed the district Super­intendent of Police that the matter was coming up in court and had been as­sured the postmortem wo­uld be conducted only af­ter  11.30am.

Having heard both sides, the court directed the au­thorities not to dispose of the youth’s body till Tues­day.  Earlier in the day, a bench comprising Justi­ces R. Banumathi and T.S. Sivagnanam ad­j­our­n­ed the hearing of a batch of PILs on the anti-Dalit violence and arson the st­ate has seen of late, to July 19.

Revoke Sec. 144, say Ilavarasan kin

Dalit villagers protest near the mortuary of the General Hospital in Dharmapuri where the autopsy of Dalit boy Ilavarasan was conducted on Friday. (DC)

Dharmapuri: The parents of Ilavarasan, the Dalit boy whose death is being probed, have asked for a revocation of Sec 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, so that they can conduct a funeral procession for the youth, who was a victim of caste violence.

They and members of various Dalit organisations and Harur MLA Dilibabu, on Friday presented a charter of demands to district colle­ctor R. Lilly and SP Asra Garg at the collectorate.

The family members said that they would decide on whether or not to ask for a second post mortem after viewing the video footage of the one done on Friday.

The Dalit groups also demanded that the investigation into the ‘suspicious death’ which is under the jurisdiction of the railway police be transferred to a more competent authority to ensure a fair probe. 

“We will soon approach the courts, pressing for a CBI enquiry into the alleged murder,” the family’s advocate Rajinikath said. They have also sought action against police officials who had failed to provide protection to Ilavarasan and Divya whose lives were allegedly under threat.

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Such a shame !! Casteism and politics, mixed and at their worst! Shame on everyone involved. Justice should be served. Truths should be brought out to light.

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