SALEM: Wife of prime accused Yuvaraj, in the murder case of Dalit youth Gokulraj, said on Tuesday that her husband may surrender soon.
On July 18, the body of Dalit youth Gokulraj, a resident of Omalur in Salem district, was found on a railway track at Pallipalayam in Namakkal district. Following the murder, five persons had surrendered in the court. Of them, Sathish Kumar was lodged at the Salem Central Prison and three others in the Attur sub-jail. On Tuesday, four accused, Chandrasekar, Selvaraj, Ranjith and Sathish Kumar, were released on bail. The fifth accused, a college student, was also released from a juvenile home at Paramathi in Namakkal district.
Yuvaraj’s wife Suveetha, who came to Attur to welcome them, told the media that while the Namakkal police was handling the Gokulraj murder case, they had allegedly pressured the public. But now, after the CB-CID had taken over the inquiry, there was no ‘torture’ by the police. “My husband, Yuvaraj, may soon surrender and there is a possibility that the murder of the Dalit youth may turn out to be a fake one,” she added.
Following the release of the accused on bail, heavy police force was deployed at the Attur sub-jail and near the Salem Central Prison. The police force was headed by Vidya Jayant Kulkarni, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Salem range, and Subbulakshmi, District Superintendent of Police (SP), to avert any untoward incidents. At Sankagiri where the Dheeran Chinnamalai memorial (Manimandapam) is located, heavy police force was deployed, headed by Erode SP Sibi Chakravarthy, four DSPs, six inspectors and 12 sub-inspectors, following a tip-off that the released persons may visit the memorial to garland Dheeran Chinnamalai.
Considering the law and order situation, the police escorted the freed persons in their vehicle and dropped them at their hometowns in Namakkal district.