Unexplained death of dalit man sparks series of protests

Unexplained death of dalit man sparks series of protests

TNN | Apr 22, 2021, 04.35 AM IST

Mayiladuthurai: The series of protests by activists and the reatives of a 40-year-old dalit worker, who was found dead in unexplained circumstances at a brick kiln at Thiruvenkadu near Sirkazhi in Mayiladuthurai where he was working, have intensified as the protesters refused to take the body from the mortury.
N Seenivasan of Nadu Street in Kuravalur was found hanging with his knees touching the ground in a shed behind RKP brick kiln at Neppathur around 6 am on April 17, his wife S Manomani,39, said in a complaint.

In her complaint to the Thiruvenkadu police, Manonmani stated that her husband had been working at RKP brick kiln run by S Suresh Chand, 65, from Vilathida Samuthiram and his son S Siddharth, 35, for the past 27 years.

He joined another chamber after a dispute with the owners of the brick kiln over wages.

Manonmani alleged that her husband went to the kiln to settle the wage issue around 3 am on April 17. But, later she heard that that her husband committed suicide at the kiln.

She alleged that the brick kiln owners and a few others had hatched a conspiracy and lured him to the brick kiln and beat him to death before hanging him.

Following the request of family members to inquire the mystery behind the death, Mayiladuthurai collector R Lalitha passed orders and a committee of three doctors performed postmortem on Tuesday in the presence of the revenue divisional officer (RDO), Sirkazhi. But, the family continued its protest and denied to take the body as they pressed for booking the accused for murder.

Executive director of Evidence, an NGO, A Kathir, also intervened in the issue and demanded to charge it as a murder case. “It is a mystery as to why police are refusing to alter the case,” said Kathir on Wednesday.

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