SHRC Seeks Report on Dalit's Death

Published: 22nd March 2016 04:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2016 04:11 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of The New Indian Express report dated March 21 under the caption ‘Kin Stage Protest After Dalit Farm  Worker Suspectedly Killed by Caste Hindu  Landlord’.

The Commission, headed by its chairperson Justice T Meenakumari, called for a detailed report from the Erode District Collector and the Erode Superintendent of Police within four weeks.

Dalit farm worker Chinnasamy (55) of Ricemill Pudhur in Nallampatti, Thingalur village near Gobi was found dead in Marappakavundar’s farm well on March 19. As his death was a suspected murder, his kin and relatives staged a protest in Erode that night, seeking immediate action.

Chinnasamy’s death triggered a row as only a day ago he was allegedly threatened by Marappakuvandar at a peace committee meeting held to sort out the issue of Dalits’ right to enter temple in the village. His  body was shifted from Erode to the Coimbatore Medical College for postmortem as Dalit outfits staged protests in Erode. According to Erode SP, Sibi Chakravarthi, a case of suspicious death has been registered and the police are awaiting a postmortem report to resume probe.

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