Dharmapuri: A team of National Commission for Scheduled Castes reached Dharmapuri on Sunday to take stock of the situation after the death of a Dalit youth. The post-mortem reports of Illavarasan, whose body was found on a railway track in Dharmapuri, suggest the cause of his death was a head injury.
Alleging foul play in his death, Illavarasan's family submitted a memorandum to the team listing several demands, including CBI probe into the death. The High Court had earlier directed the government to preserve the body of the youth till Tuesday, as the court will be hearing the matter again that day.
The team also visited the medical college hospital where Ilavarasan's body has been kept in the mortuary as per a High Court directive. It also visited Natham colony, from where the youth hailed, and met his parents.
The marriage of Ilavarasan and Divya, a Hindu girl, had triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district.
Referring to Ilavarasan's death, a NCSC member Sivanna said they cannot make any decision as to whether it was a murder or suicide, and investigations by authorities are proceeding.
The member said commission is not satisfied with the execution of rehabilitation works for Dalit victims in the violence-hit areas and advised the district administration to expedite it. The panel members later held discussions with the new District Collector K Vivekanandan, SP Asra Garg and other top officials.
The marriage of Ilavarasan and Divya, a Hindu girl, had triggered anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district in November 2012. His body was found on Thursday, a day after the girl said she would never go back to him.
(With additional information from PTI)