Friday, January 13, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Two surrender over Dalit leader murder

Two surrender over Dalit leader murder
PTI | 11:01 PM,Jan 12,2012

Madurai, Jan 12 (PTI) Two men surrendered before a local court today
in nearby Tirunelveli district in connection with the recent murder of
Dalit leader Pasupathi Pandian. M Arumagachamy (26), and J
Arulanandhan (27), who belong to Idayathavanai and Mullakadu areas in
Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, surrendered before the Valliyoor
Magistrate Court in Tirunelveli district. Pandian (50), founder of
Devendra Kula Velalar Kootamaippu (Federation) was hacked to death on
Jan 10 when he was sitting outside his house at Nandanampatti near
Dindigul. Police said they had already detained 20 persons for
questioning in connection with the murder that led to many incidents
of violence in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. Three special
teams had been formed to nab the culprits involved in the murder,
police said. The accused were remanded to seven days judicial custody
and lodged in Madurai central prison. Police said the murder could be
a fallout of group clashes between the Pandian group and the Subhash
Pannaiyar group, who both belong to the Tuticorin and Tirunelveli
belts. They said they suspected that the accused belong to the Subhash
Pannaiyar group. Meanwhile, normalcy returned to most parts of
southern districts today and bus services resumed after violence
marked the funeral procession of Pandian at Tuticorin yesterday.
Police said the processionists deviated from the route prescribed by
the police and indulged in damaging public and private property, such
as TNSTC buses, two wheelers and name boards of shops. S Murugan,
General Manager, TNSTC, Tirunelveli Region, said windshields of ten
buses had been damaged. Meanwhile, Pandian was buried at his native
village, Alangara Thattu in Tuticorin district, late last night. PTI

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