TN town tense a day after Dalit boy's murder in broad daylight

TN town tense a day after Dalit boy

Submitted by rajiv on Mon, 2016-03-14 17:07 Bengaluru: The father-in-law of a Dalit boy, who was allegedly murdered by his upper-caste in-laws in Tirupur district, has surrendered before the judicial magistrate in Nilakottai in Dindigul district on Monday. But Komaralingam, near Udumalpet, and the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), where the victim's body has been kept for postmortem, were still tense a day after the brutal murder of Sankar, reported the Hindu on Monday. Deceased Sankar's wife, Kausalya, is also undergoing treatment there. At Komaralingam, relatives of the boy resorted to a road blockade for four hours demanding a compensation of Rs10 lakh and a government job for Kausalya. Some people pelted stones at few shops in Komaralingam when the shop-owners reportedly did not down shutters as a mark of respect to Sankar, said the report in the Hindu. A gang of unidentified men armed with sickles rode into Udumalaipettai town and hacked 22-year-old Sankar to death in broad daylight on Sunday. Sankar was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. The wife of the deceased Kaushalya belongs to a member of the dominant Thevar caste. She was with Sankar at the time of the incident and was critically injured and admitted to the ICU later. According to a report in the Indian Express, the deceased, Sankar hailed from Kumaralingam village near Udumalaipettai town. Sankar had married Kausalya eight months ago though the girl's family was opposed to the marriage. The report said that both Sankar and Kaushalya had fallen in love while studying engineering near Pollachi in Coimbatore district. “Sankar was a final year student and Kausalya was in second year when they got married last year. She comes from the Thevar community (and) her parents were opposed to the wedding. Kausalya had filed a complaint at the local police station against her father a few weeks ago, stating that he had been threatening them and insisting that she return home,” a police officer is quoted as saying in the IE report. Meanwhile, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) on Monday told the news agency ANI that he was shocked and ashamed over the murder of the Dalit boy. "It is very shocking that the land of prayers is standing out to be the land of honour killings. I am ashamed of it. Social awareness must be injected into the minds of the people. Those who are whipping up the flames of casteism.injecting the venom and the poison in the minds of the people on the basis of casteism are the worst enemies of the society," MDMK founder Vaiko told ANI.