11 booked on charge of murdering dalit man in Madurai

11 booked on charge of murdering dalit man in Madurai

Dec 11, 2020, 04:34 IST

Madurai: Police booked 11 people belonging to the piramalai kallar community on charges of murdering a person from the scheduled caste community on Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as M Senthil Kumar, 37, of Panniyan Colony near Checkanurani. He was a functionary of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and belonged to the paraiyar community. Police booked Paraman, Ramachandran, Velmurugan, Kodipuli, Pandi, Sivapandi, Kasi, Ganesan, M Vayakadu, R Vayakadu and R Ananth.

In her complaint, S Jothi, wife of Kumar, said that she and her husband were returning to their village on a two-wheeler on Wednesday evening when the accused intercepted them and asked Kumar to meet them after leaving her home. As Kumar received many calls after reaching home, he left the house. A few minutes later, Jothi got information that her husband was found dead at Panniyan junction on the Sholavandan-Tirumangalam Road.

She stated that there was a dispute between the two communities in 2017 in which houses and other properties of the scheduled caste people were damaged. Kumar developed enmity with people from the piramalai kallar community during the incident.

Last month, there was a dispute between Kumar and Ramachandran, Kodupuli and Pandi. The trio had threatened that they would hire goons and murder him, Jothi stated. Police registered a case under sections of IPC including 302 (punishment for murder) and under sections of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The case is being investigated by Usilampatti deputy superintendent of police Rajan. Police said that the postmortem was completed by Thursday afternoon, but the relatives did not receive it till late in the night. They held a protest at Panagal Road, where the body was kept, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.

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