The murder of Essaki Shankar was allegedly hatched by his girlfriend’s 17-year-old brother as he opposed his sister marrying someone from a different caste.

7 minors arrested for caste killing of TN man including his girlfriends brother
news Caste killing Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 11:49

Days after 32-year-old Esakki Shankar’s body was found dead in the banks on Thamirabarani river in Tirunelveli with a knife-wound on his neck, the police have confirmed that it is a case of caste-killing. Cracking the case, the police have arrested seven juveniles including the Essaki’s girlfriend’s 17-year-old brother in connection with the crime.

Esakki Shankar’s body was found on Tuesday morning on the banks of the Thamirabarani river near Vellanguli, Tirunelveli with a fatal wound inflicted by a knife on his neck. An employee of Tirunelveli District Central Cooperative Bank, Shankar was murdered when he went to take a bath at the river.

The 17-year-old brother is the main accused in the crime, say police.  Speaking to TNM about the case, Ambasamudram DSP Zaheer Hussain said that despite the girl’s parents agreeing to the wedding between Esakki and Sathyabama, her younger brother was not fine with his sister marrying a man from a different caste.

“The boy knew that Esakki goes to take bath in the river every morning. So on Tuesday, he and his friends followed Esakki and attacked him with a knife. There were six cuts on Esakki’s body. Although Sathyabama’s parents did not believe that the boy would have killed Esakki, later he himself confessed in front of his family that he murdered Esakki,” the DSP added.

“Esakki belonged to the Konar community (OBC) and we are hearing that he and a young woman from his neighborhood were in love. She was from the Thevar (OBC) community. So we are investigating if the girl's family was involved in the murder. We are yet to confirm the exact motive. We are interrogating around 20 people," the investigating officer had told TNM on Wednesday. Esakki’s girlfriend, the 20-year-old Sathyabama allegedly killed herself in her house, the night following Shankar's murder.

The police have booked the boy and six other juveniles under section 302 of the IPC (murder).  

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