Villupuram court grants seven years jail term to quarry owner for confining people

Another accused had died due to illness a few years ago while the trial was still on at the Villupuram district Special Court for cases registered under SC/ST(POA) Act.

Published: 03rd June 2022 04:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2022 04:50 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

VILLUPURAM: A quarry owner was slapped with seven-year jail term by Villupuram special court for confining 20 people belonging to a tribal community in his quarry at Vettaikaranpatty near Melmalayanur as bonded labourers.

A source from said based on complaint given by then Gingee taluk tahsildar Shyamalatha, Valathi police filed a case under sections including The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, against the owner of Bluemetal Quarry M Ganesan (61) and his son G Tamilselvam (38) on July 30, 2010.

Ganesan died due to illness a few years ago while the trial was still on at the Villupuram district Special Court for cases registered under SC/ST(POA) Act. Delivering the judgment, Judge  A Packia Jothi sentenced seven years jail-term and Rs 15,000 penalty for Tamilselvan.

Lawyer P Rajkumar, who appeared on behalf of the tribal people said, "Seven-year jail-term was given based on IPC section 370 and three more years in jail was slapped under IPC sections 315,316 and 374 . He has to undergo the jail-term together."

He added that this was highest punishment given in bonded labour related case in Tamil Nadu.



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