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Jul 12, 2013 at 04:16pm IST

Tamil Nadu Dalit boy's death: Madras HC orders second autopsy

Chennai: A second autopsy will be conducted on Dalit boy Ilavarasan's body, the Madras High Court ruled on Friday. Ilavarasan was found dead along a railway track in Dharampuri district in Tamil Nadu on July 4.

Ilavarasan's marriage with Divya, a Hindu girl, had triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district in November 2012. His body found along the railway tracks a day after Divya said she would never go back to him and instead stay with her mother.

The High Court on Friday said a new team was doctors will conduct the second autopsy. Three doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi are likely to reach Dharmapuri on Friday to conduct the post-mortem.

The Madras High Court had on July 10 directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide an expert and experienced doctor from Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore to examine Ilavarasan's body. The court had said it will decide on a second autopsy only after the expert submitted his report.

Earlier, six of the seven experts didn't want a second autopsy. The Madras High Court move came after the police had said that they had recovered a suicide note allegedly written by Ilavarasan.

A four-page letter purportedly written by Ilavarasan, in which he had stated that none should be held responsible for his death, was recovered by the Special Investigation Team probing the case. The letter also gave details on the boy's failed inter-caste marriage.

The boy's family had also claimed earlier that he was murdered and demanded that another postmortem should be conducted. The autopsy performed on June 30 on Ilavarasan, who was found dead on a railway track on July 7, stated that the boy had died of a "serious head injury" even as the probe was transferred from government railway police to local police.