Saturday, March 10, 2012

[ZESTCaste] HC declines CBI probe into dalit boy's death

HC declines CBI probe into dalit boy's death
TNN | Mar 10, 2012, 05.18AM IST

MADURAI: Declining to order a CBI probe into the murder of a dalit
boy, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, on Friday directed
the state police to expedite investigation relating to the killing of
Palanikumar, which occurred prior to the death anniversary of dalit
leader Immanuel Sekaran, and file the final report expeditiously.

Disposing the petition filed by Thangavel, the father of Palanikumar,
the bench comprising Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice P
Devadass said, "Unless it is established in a given case that the
local police is not conducting investigation in a proper manner, probe
cannot be transferred merely on the request made by the complainant."

According to Thangavel, his son Palanikumar was residing in
Pallapaacheri, near Kamudhi where about 600 dalit families are living
along with other caste Hindus.

The dalit people from M Pallapacheri village have to cross the
Mandalamanickam main street to reach their village as the said street
is the only option available to them.

The petitioner alleged that there used to be friction between the
dalits and the Maravar community, which was the majority in
Mandalamanickam main street.

Several times the dalits were humiliated and they approached the
district collector and SP to provide an alternative pathway to their
village. Since no action was taken, the Pallapacheri village people
boycotted the recent local body elections.

On September 9, 2011, Palanikumar was murdered by some persons
allegedly belonging to the Maravar community while he was returning
home after watching a play, which was performed in a nearby village.

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