The case has been transferred from Government Railway Police to local police; Harur DSP M. Sampath to head team

An autopsy performed on the Dalit youth who was found dead along a railway track, has revealed that he died of a “serious head injury,” even as the probe was transferred to local police.

“The post-mortem report, which was done late last night, declared that the boy died of a serious head injury,” police said.

However, the report does not throw light on whether the death was a case of suicide or murder, sources said, a day after the Madras High Court directed the State government to preserve till Tuesday the body of Ilavarasan, and to give his father a copy of the post-mortem report along with the video of the procedure.

Police sources said on Saturday the case was transferred from Government Railway Police to local police as per the Tamil Nadu DGP’s order.

Harur DSP M. Sampath would be the Investigation Officer and a team has been formed, sources said.

Following the High Court directive, the body is being kept at the mortuary of Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital after autopsy. The post-mortem report along with video clippings were handed over to the counsel for Ilavarasan’s parents on Friday night, sources said.

Sources said Government Railway Police, who recovered the body and registered a case under section 174 of CrPC (police to inquire and report on suicide, etc), had served summons to railway personnel including Dharmapuri Station Manager S. Jayapal and the driver of the 11014 Coimbatore-Lokmanya Tilak Express train to appear by Sunday.

Political parties in the State stepped up their demand for a speedy probe into the matter.

Prohibitory orders have been clamped in Dharmapuri and armed personnel posted in sensitive areas of Naickenkottai.

Tight security is in place in the Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital premises.

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