Published on 29 July 2012
COIMBATORE: A 30-year-old dalit was beaten to death by a group of caste Hindus following an altercation in Mettupalayam late Wednesday night.
According to police both the deceased and the four member gang were under the influence of alcohol. On Thursday morning, over 200 Dalit protesters gathered in front of the Mettupalayam Government Hospital and demanded action against the culprits under the Prevention of Atrocities Act (SC/ST). They also blocked the Mettupalayam-Ooty road.
The deceased was identified as Veerasamy alias Veera of Thekkampatti near Mettupalayam. He worked as a labourer in an agricultural farm belonging to Balaji (32) of Devanapuram village. He had gone to attend the Vanabathrakaliamman temple festival at Mettupalayam with friends on Wednesday night.
Around 8 pm, Veerasamy and his friends were chatting in front of a tea shop near the temple. Balaji and his younger brother Eswaran (28), belonging to the Gounder community, came to the tea shop and a quarrel erupted between Veerasamy and the brothers. Immediately the duo called their friends Sathish (20) and Balasubramainam (41) who rushed to the spot. They took Veerasamy to an open ground in the same area, assaulted him and fled.
Veerasamy was taken to his aunt's house by his relatives Raman and Jothikumar. Since his condition was critical, he was taken to Mettupalayam Government Hospital. But the doctors declared him brought dead.
On Thursday, around 10.30am the victim's wife Palaniammal (23), her two daughters and other relatives, gathered near the hospital and blocked Ooty Main Road for an hour. They demanded the state government to arrest the murderers immediately and sought compensation for the family of the victim. The demanded the police that the accused should be booked under prevention of atrocities act (SC/ST). The
Police officials held talks with them and promised that proper action would be taken against the culprits.
According to sources, the four accused have been detained by the police on Thursday and will be produced before the court on Friday.
Courtesy: TOI, July/27/12