The struggle committee which had been constituted to seek justice in the double murder case at Theroor last year has demanded a CBI probe into the death of forest department employee Arumugham and his wife Yogeswari.
According to sources, on November 21, 2011, Arumugham (50), a forest employee and his wife Yogeswari (42), were shot dead at Theroor near Suchindrum while they were returning home. Initially as there was no progress in the double murder case, the public from Theroor and the inland fishermen community, held various demonstrations demanding the police to expedite the investigation and to arrest the culprits involved.
In the meantime, on February 18, the district police arrested Sahayam, the district secretary of AIADMK Elaingar and Elangikal Peravai.
After this the police said that a total of 14 persons including Sahayam were involved in the case and arrested around three more. But till date, no one else who was allegedly involved in the case has been arrested. Moreover, as the police did not file a charge sheet against Sahayam even after 90 days after his arrest, he was freed on conditional bail.
The members of the struggle committee filed a public interest litigation in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, demanding that the case be transferred to CBI for further investigation. When the petition came up for hearing, the Government pleader produced the status report of the investigation, stating that three persons had been arrested in this case and added that further investigation was in progress. After considering this, the court dismissed the petition and asked them to approach the appropriate forum if still aggrieved, said G. Selastin of the struggle committee.
He further said that the committee strongly suggested the involvement of some police personnel and officials from the forest department in the brutal murder of Arumugham and his wife.
Therefore the struggle committee has decided to submit a review petition demanding the transfer of the investigation to CBI, said Selastin.
Keywords: Theroor double murder case