Murdered Dalit’s father father in law surrenders in T.N. ‘honour’ killing case

Chennai: Chinnasamy, father-in-law of V. Shankar (22), the Dalit youth who was hacked to death in broad daylight in a suspected honour killing in Udumalpet on Sunday, surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate Court in Nilakottai, Dindigul district on Monday.

Representatives of various political parties and Dalit oufits during a road blockade near the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, on Monday. Photo:S. Siva Saravanan.

Magistrate B. Risana Parveen remanded him in judicial custody for seven days. She also advised the police to apply for custodial interrogation later. He will be produced before the court in Udumalpet on March 21. Chinnasamy was later lodged in the Madurai central prison.

Shankar and his wife Kausalya, 19, were attacked by a gang with deadly weapons, while they came out of a shop. Shankar died in the attack while Kausalya escaped with severe injuries.

Six police teams have been formed to arrest the killers, Tirupur Superintendent of Police Saroj Kumar Thakur said. Police sources initially said that one suspect each was picked up by the Tirupur and Dindigul police, and both were being questioned. By evening, the sources said a few more suspects were picked up from different localities.

On Monday, tension prevailed at Komaralingam town from where Shankar hailed. Relatives of Shankar and people from the locality staged a road blockade for almost four hours, demanding Rs. 10 lakh in compensation to his family and a government job for Kausalya. In the evening, activists attached to the Untouchability Movement staged a similar agitation in Udumalpet. Some people pelted stones at a few shops in Komaralingam in the morning when the shop owners did not down the shutters as mark of respect to Shankar.

Tension in Dalit youth’s town

Six police teams have been formed to arrest those who were involved in the killing of V. Shankar, 22, a Dalit student who had married Kausalya, a caste-Hindu girl, on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police Saroj Kumar Thakur said the teams would comb the area.

Police sources initially said one suspect each was picked up by the Tirupur and Dindigul police, and both were being questioned. By evening, the sources said a few more suspects had been picked up from different localities.

On Monday, tension prevailed in Komaralingam, the town near Udumalpet, from where Shankar hailed.

Relatives of Shankar and people from the locality blocked the road for almost four hours, demanding Rs. 10 lakh in compensation to his family and a government job for Kausalya.

In the evening, activists attached to the Untouchability Movement staged a similar agitation in Udumalpet. Some people threw stones at a few shops in Komaralingam in the morning when the shop owners did not down shutters as a mark of respect to Shankar.

(With additional reporting from K. Raju in Dindigul)