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Dalit boy's death: Will decide on second autopsy after expert submits his report, says HC

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Jul 10, 2013 at 03:31pm IST

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New Delhi: The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide an expert and experienced doctor from Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, who will examine Dalit youth Ilavarasan's body. The court will decide on a second autopsy only after the expert submits his report.

Earlier, six of the seven experts didn't want a second autopsy. The Madras High Court move comes after the police said last Thursday that they had recovered a suicide note allegedly written by the Dalit youth. Ilavarasan's body was found dead on the railway tracks.

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

Dalit boy's death: Will decide on 2nd autopsy after expert submits his report, says HC

The Tamil Nadu government has ordered a commission to probe the death of Ilavarasan.

On Saturday, the boy's family had claimed that the he was murdered and demanded another postmortem be conducted. The autopsy performed on Sunday on Ilavarasan, who was found dead on a railway track on July 4, stated that the youth had died of a "serious head injury" even as the probe was transferred from government railway police to local police.

Ilavarasan, whose marriage to Divya triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district in November 2012, was found dead along a railway track here on July 4, a day after the girl said she would never go back to him and instead stay with her mother.

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