Police Finds Proof of Atrocity in Dalit Death’ in Namakkal
NAMAKKAL: There is prima facie evidence of atrocity in the suspicious death of Dalit youth Gokulraj, whose decapitated body was found on the railway track at Pallipalayam, and the case is fit for invoking sections 3 to 5 of the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, P Ramasamy, Assistant Director and Head of the Regional Office of the National SC/ST Commission, said here on Saturday.
He was heading a team which held preliminary investigation into the death of the engineering student. The incident has spurred rights activists and Dalit parties to launch protests at many places demanding justice. They see in this a parallel to the death of Ilavarasan of Dharmapuri who too was in love with a girl from the dominant caste.
The three-member team of the Commission held on-the-spot inquiries at the place where the headless body of Gokulraj was found on the railway track and at the Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple, atop a hillock in Thiruchengode town.
Talking to Express, Ramasamy described the incident as nothing less than a case of atrocity under the law. “There is prima facie evidence for mens rea. It is a classic case for invoking sections 3-5 of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities), Act,” he said.
Drawing attention to the video footage recorded at the temple premises on Tuesday, he said it clearly showed that a gang had forcibly taken the Dalit youth into a car while he was coming out of the temple with the girl. “It also becomes clear that the gang had abducted him with a criminal intention,” Ramasamy pointed out. As such, the culprits have to be apprehended at the earliest irrespective of whether Gokulraj was murdered or committed suicide, he maintained.
“Abetting suicide is also as grave as murder. So the gang must be nabbed immediately. Stringent action should be taken against them”, he said.