Ilavarasan Case Re-run as Man commits Suicide after daughter Elopes with Dalit?

Tension prevailed in Chinnavenkatapuram near Ambur following the suicide of a 50-year-old man belonging to the Vanniyar community allegedly after his elder daughter eloped with her lover, a Dalit youth, a couple of days ago.

Published: 26th June 2014 07:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2014 07:48 AM   |  A+A-

VELLORE:  Tension prevailed in Chinnavenkatapuram near Ambur following the suicide of a 50-year-old man belonging to the Vanniyar community allegedly after his elder daughter eloped with her lover, a Dalit youth, a couple of days ago.

The family members and relatives of Panneerselvam, who killed himself on Tuesday, refused to receive his body. After Panneerselvam did not return for a long time on Tuesday morning, his family members searched for him and found him dead at Kanar near Venkatasamuthram with froth in his mouth. His death triggered a protest that continued on Wednesday as well.

The incident brought back memories of the death of Dalit youth E Ilavarasan in Dharmapuri last year. Ilavarasan’s Vanniyar wife N Divya had walked out on him under “community pressure”. Ilavarasan’s marriage with Divya and the subsequent suicide of her father Nagarajan had triggered widespread communal violence in pockets of Dharmapuri.

The presence of former PMK MP and MLAs N T Shanmugam, T K Raja and K L Elavazhagan and party functionaries triggered speculation that it could seek to politicise the issue. Police sources said the PMK cadre were instigating the protest. They lodged a complaint stating that Vignesh Kumar, with whom Panneerselvam’s daughter Ilavarasi had eloped, and his friend Sankar (23) had threatened him, hours before he committed suicide by consuming pesticide.

“Vignesh called Panneerselvam and told him not to file a case against him and his friends. He threatened that if he does so, they will abduct his two other daughters also,” said Elavazhagan.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp