The CB-CID has been given two months to finish the investigation in the case.

Three years after his suspicious death Madras HC transfers Ilavarasan case to CB-CID
news Caste Friday, November 25, 2016 - 15:01

Three years after E Ilavarasan’s dead body was found on a railway track in Dharmapuri, Madras High Court has transferred the case to the Crime Branch CID on Friday.

Speaking to The News Minute, S Rajinikanth, lawyer for Ilavarasan’s family, confirmed that the case has been transferred to the CB-CID following contradictory reports on the cause of death from medical experts. “Three teams of doctors had conducted the post-mortem and had given contradictory reports. The South-West Railway administration had said that no train accidents had taken place around the date and time when Ilavarasan’s body was found,” he said.

Moreover, he added, if Ilavarasan had been hit by a train, he would have had many more injuries all over his body and he would have been thrown away from the track. “But he was found on the railway track in Dharmapuri,” added Rajnikanth.

The CB-CID has been given two months to finish the investigation in the case. Asked about a fresh post mortem, Rajnikanth said, “There is very low possibility, as three post-mortems have already been conducted.” 

In November 2012, caste tensions erupted in Dharmapuri after Ilavarasan, a Dalit, eloped with Divya (of the Vanniyar caste). When attempts to separate them through the Panchayat failed, Divya’s father committed suicide. Riots followed the suicide, in which over 200 houses in three Dalit colonies were set ablaze.  

On July 11, 2013, Ilavarasan’s was found dead near a railway track in Dharmapuri. His death was initially recorded as a suicide, with the police stating that Ilavarasan jumped in front of the Kurla Express bound for Mumbai from Coimbatore. Days before his death, his wife Divya, who had returned to her mother’s home on June 6, had told the Madras High Court that she had no plans of returning to her husband.


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