The Tamil Nadu Forensic Science Laboratory has confirmed that the handwriting in the four-page suicide note is that of E. Ilavarasan.
The note was said to have been found in the trouser pocket of the Dalit youth who was found dead along the railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4. Amid suspicion over the handwriting, police referred the note to document experts in the FSL here for analysis.
“We have got a report confirming that the handwriting is that of Ilavarasan. It has also been established that the note was taken away from the body by a resident who was at the scene before the Railway Police could reach there,” an investigator told The Hindu on Saturday.
According to police sources, a special team investigating the death of Ilavarasan had come across a specific input which proved that the youth had suicidal tendency since the first week of June after his wife Divya informed the Madras High Court that she would prefer to live with her mother.
“Ilavarasan slashed his left wrist with a sharp metal in a bid to commit suicide in a lodge at T. Nagar in Chennai. His mother rushed to his rescue and arranged first aid. We have recorded the statements of those who counselled the youth against resorting to such extreme step … the hotel staff have also given evidence about blood stains in the room,” the official said speaking on conditions of anonymity.
Claiming to have obtained a photograph in which Ilavarasan is seen with a bandage on his left wrist, he said some of his friends had told police that he was in a depressed state of mind after Divya got separated.
“A day after his wife told the media in Chennai that she would not unite with Ilavarasan again, he was found dead in Dharmapuri. Some eyewitnesses have claimed to have seen him in a liquor shop a couple of hours before his death.”
Even as a second post-mortem was done on the body by a team of doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi, an uneasy calm prevails in parts of the district, police sources said. When contacted Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police Asra Garg said adequate police personnel were deployed in caste-sensitive areas as a precautionary measure.