Chennai, July 5 (): The marriage of a Dalit youth Ilavarasan to an upper caste girl Divya in 2012 ended in the boy’s death.
Ilavarasan was found dead alongside a railway track in Dharmapuri district yesterday. Following his death, curfew has been imposed in the district and special police forces have been deployed in the sensitive areas of the district to keep law and order situation under control.
Ilavarasan’s death has sparked off protests and the areas in and around Dharmapuri are said to be tense.
While the residents of the village allege that Ilavarasan has been murdered by some political party people, police sources say that his death appears to be suicide on the face of it.
The political parties in Tamil Nadu have demanded a probe into Ilavarasan’s death.
CPI (M) state unit secretary G. Ramakrishnan expressed shock over Ilavarasan’s death and and sought an investigation into his death to seek truth.
MDMK leader Vaiko also expressed shock over Ilavarasan’s death and said that his wife Divya’s decision to end her relationship with him was prompted by the inter-community strains following their marriage and he too sought a judicial probe into Ilavarasan’s death and demanded steps to protect the girl.
BJP state unit president Pon.Radhakrishnan said that government should convene a meeting of heads of various communities to ensure social harmony and sought a probe into Ilavarasan’s death.
Meantime, at the Madras High Court, one bench has ordered the state government to preserve Ilavarasan’s body and stated that it might order a second post-mortem if required and another bench is scheduled to hear a different petition on the death of Ilavarasan post noon today.
Yet another petition by advocate Sankarasubbu has asked to include a doctor of the choice of Ilavarasan’s parents in the team who will conduct the post mortem on Ilavarasan’s body.