This Article is From Jul 09, 2013

Madras High Court to decide on Dalit man's second autopsy today

Madras High Court to decide on Dalit man's second autopsy today
Chennai: Two judges of the Madras High Court will watch the video of Ilavarasan's post-mortem today to decide whether or not a second autopsy should be ordered. The Dalit man, who married a girl from the Vanniyar community, was found dead last week near a railway track in Dharmapuri in western Tamil Nadu.

Ilavarasan's family suspects foul play, but the police sources claim it was a case of suicide. The first autopsy report had revealed the 21-year-old died of a head injury.  

The Tamil Nadu government yesterday ordered a probe by a one-man commission to be headed by retired judge Justice S R Singaravelu to find out the truth in Ilavarasan's death.

The deceased Dalit man had married Divya from the Vanniyar community in August last year. Weeks after they eloped, Divya's father committed suicide.

After his death, nearly 200 huts owned by Dalits in and around Ilavasaran's village of Dharmapuri were set on fire. Parties with a strong Dalit votebank blamed Divya's community for the riots, and said the violence was backed by the PMK, headed by S Ramadoss and openly committed to preventing inter-caste marriages.

Ilavasaran's mother holds the PMK responsible for her son's death. However, sources close to the PMK leadership have denied these allegations.