New Delhi: In what appears to be a tragic end to an inter caste marriage, a Dalit boy E Ilavaransan who married an upper caste girl in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, was found dead along a railway track on Thursday afternoon.

The couple had tied the knot last year in November, triggering anti-Dalit violence in three villages of Dharmapuri district.

The 19 year old boy was found dead a day after his wife refused to live with him any longer, having decided to live with her mother instead. Her father’s suicide owing to the social backlash faced by the family had left her broken.

This has led to speculations that this may be a case of suicide, though the boy’s parents have demanded a CBI probe, suggesting foul play, as they believe that their son would never commit suicide.

The death of the boy has led to a tense situation in Dalit areas in Naickenketti, as relatives of E Ilavarasan and residents of the colonies blocked road traffic in front of the Government Medical College Hospital alleging that he had been murdered by the upper caste Hindus.

The Madras High Court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu government to preserve till Tuesday the body of the Dalit and to give his father a copy of the post mortem report along with the videograph of the procedure.
A division bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and C T Selvam gave the order on a mention by advocate Sankarasubbu who wanted a doctor of the choice of Ilavarasan's parents to be present in the team conducting the post-mortem.
Public Prosecutor Shanmugavelayutham said the four hour procedure was over by 11 AM, to which the lawyer objected and replied he had informed district Superintendent of Police that the matter would be taken up in court and was told the post-mortem would be taken up only at 11:30 AM.
After the submissions, the judges directed the authorities concerned to preserve the body till Tuesday when they would hear the matter again.


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