//Dalits death: Govt asked to probe

Dalits death: Govt asked to probe

Madurai, Feb 22: The People’s Watch,a Human Rights Organisation, today asked the government to set up a special team to investigate the suspected death of one Raja, a dalit, for reportedly not presenting himself before the local panchayat at Mekillarpatty in Madurai district on Monday.

The Panchayat had summoned Raja for an enquiry regarding the felling of a neem tree of One Perumal in whose farm he was working, the organisation’s representatives told reporters.

According to Raja’s wife, her husband refused to attend the enquiry held on February 18, but agreed to pay the money for the tree. She said her husband who left her house on February 19 did not return, and the next day, he was found dead.

The People’s Watch alleged that though Raja’s wife Panchu and his brother-in-law suspected that he had been murdered and gave a complaint to Police, they delayed registering the complaint and registered a case of suicide.

They had also threatened Panchu’s mother and sister asking them not to make the death an issue and agree for a compromise, it charged. Despite the fact that Raja died under suspicious circumstances, Police allowed the body to be cremated, the representatives alleged.

Now police were asking the victim’s family to agree for a compromise on payment of Rs.85,000 which had been already handed over to the Usilampatti Taluk police, it charged.

They wanted action to be taken against the real culprits, and give protection to Panchu and her family members.

Meanwhile, Police said it was a case of suicide and denied that they intervened in the case. (Agencies)