Saturday, November 30, 2002

Youth gets life term for Dalit killings

CUDDALORE NOV. 29. The district sessions court today awarded life sentence to a 25-year-old youth for hacking three Dalits to death at M.Puliangudi in Kattumannarkoil taluk in 2000.

Karthik alias T.Karthikeyan of the same village hacked the Dalits — Gandhi, Rajesh alias Vellaiyan and Mathialagan of a Dalit colony — with a long sickle, when they were fast asleep on May 26, 2000.

The attack was a reaction to some colony residents objecting to Karthikeyan's alleged secret relationship with B.Prabavathi, a Dalit woman. Karthikeyan was caught when he attempted to enter her house on May 25. The three youth reportedly warned him that his case would be brought to the notice of `Oorpanchayat'.

The accused took revenge on them, committing the triple murder the next day.

The Kumaratchi police registered cases against Karthikeyan under Section 302 IPC and Section 3 (2) (V) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Several parts of the district, including areas in Kattumannarkoil, became tense after the murder. Most of the Vanniya residents fled the village and bus services to many areas were suspended for quite sometime.

The principal sessions judge, P.Devadass, awarded life sentence to Karthikeyan on the ground that the prosecution established its case.

Source: The Hindu, November 30, 2002

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