Tension in Ponnaiyapuram, the scene of violence on Thevar jayanthi day

Ponnaiyapuram, the scene of violence on Thevar jayanthi day on October 30, was again gripped with tension on Thursday, with a man from a nearby village found dead behind the memorial of Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran.

He was identified as Thirumal, a history sheeter. The body was found dead on the rear side of the memorial on the new road leading to it.

Ramanathapuram town area also witnessed tension when family members and villagers turned up at the government hospital where the body was kept after post-mortem.

They demanded compensation, government job to one of the family members of the deceased and permission to take the body in a procession. They did not accept the body till late in the evening and it was kept in the mortuary.

The police, who registered an FIR based on a complaint lodged by the Village Administrative Officer (VAO), maintained that the case was being investigated and the motive of the murder was yet to be established.

Citing the post-mortem report, Superintendent of Police N. M. Mylvahanan said that the man had died of head injury. “We are investigating the case. We have got some clues and are following them up. Things are normal in Paramakudi. The people are not in an agitated mood,” he told The Hindu .

The victim, hailing from Keezhakodumalur, is survived by his wife and a son. He was involved in a murder case and an explosives case, but was acquitted in both. He was convicted in a robbery case and served the sentence. Presently, no case is pending against him, the SP said.