Dalit set afire after son elopes with Muslim girl
TNN, Feb 23, 2011, 01.35am IST
NAMAKKAL: A 61-year-old dalit man was burnt to death in Periyapatti
village of Namakkal district after his son eloped with a Muslim girl
of the same village.
Nallayan's son Sekhar (27) was in love with Gulzar (21) and couple
allegedly eloped recently. At 3pm on Monday, when Nallayan was working
in a shop in Periyapatti, Gulzar's father Shahjahan went there and
called out to him. An argument ensued, followed by a scuffle during
which Shahjahan allegedly poured petrol over Nallayan. He then lit his
cigarette lighter, setting fire to Nallayan who suffered serious burn
injuries. Although he was admitted to the Namakkal government
hospital, Nallayan died later, police said.
Nallayan's daughter Shanthi said Shahjahan and his relatives had
threatened her family members soon after Sekar eloped with Gulzar.
Nallayan had pleaded with Shahjahan to give him two days to search for
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