'Police were yet to file an FIR for murder of Chithra, the victim, who was lynched by villagers and her body cremated in haste'
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded CB-CID investigation into the honour killing of a caste Hindu woman reported from here at Vandal village in Thalainayar a fortnight ago. Staging protest demonstrations here on Saturday, CPI(M) demanded the case be transferred to CB-CID, as the facts of the incident implicate the police.
Leading the protest, Marimuthu, former MLA, Nagapattinam, said that a fact-finding visit by the party revealed that there was police complicity and inaction. Further, the police were yet to file an FIR for murder of Chithra, the victim, who was lynched by the villagers and her body cremated in haste. "We also demand action against the police personnel, who had reportedly looked the other way when the incident was brought to their notice," Mr.Marimuthu said. As of date, an FIR has been filed only under Sec 176, for disposing the body without the knowledge of public authorities.
"Within two days of the incident, we had handed over a petition to the SP demanding action, but the Chitra's murder is yet to be brought to account for," the former MLA told The Hindu.
Speaking to The Hindu, V.Subramanyam, District Secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said that police had booked only minor sections on the complaint filed by Madhavan, the Dalit who was wilfully attacked in the incident.
According to him, they had also handed over a petition to the superintendent of police demanding action.
On the complaint filed by Madhavan, an FIR under Sec 147(rioting), 323(inflicting injuries), 342(wrongful confinement), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, and under Sec 3(1) (X) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act have been registered.
The Hindu had reported an honour killing here in Thalainayar, where a 29-year-old caste Hindu woman was killed and a Dalit man was grievously injured for an alleged inter-caste relationship on May 8.
The party has demanded filing of FIR against erring administrative authorities, failing which it proposes to launch district-wide protests.
[Courtesy: The Hindu, May 27, 2012]