On the pretext of probe, police abusing power, allege advocates, Dalit activists

The Paramakudi police have included a dead man as an accused in a murder case. Malairaj, son of Mayalagu of Ramnagar, Paramakudi, who died on March 29, 2011, has been named as an accused in the October 30, Muthuramalinga Thevar guru puja-related murder at Pambuvizhunthan village near Paramakudi.

Citing the incident (a copy of the death certificate is in possession of The Hindu ), advocates and social activists of Madurai have sent a letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Governor alleging that the police machinery was falsely implicating prominent Dalit activists in the October 30 violence.

Advocate P. Rathinam and others alleged that the police were abusing their power against the marginalised Dalits on the pretext of investigating two crimes registered in Paramakudi town and Emaneswaram police stations of a double murder and single murder that took place on October 30.

Dalit activist, Advocate Punniyamoorthy who was not present in the vicinity of the crime, had been included just to terrorise the Dalit community.

Moreover, the arrested Dalit youth were made to confess and the police also falsely implicated P. Chandra Bose of Thiyagi Immanuel Peravai.

Mr. Chandra Bose had been away from Paramakudi for almost a month, assisting his ailing wife. Inclusion of his name was a clear case of biased approach to satisfy a particular community, Mr. Rathinam said.

Young Dalit graduates, students and government servants had also been falsely booked in these cases. Citing the recent cases of atrocities perpetuated on Dalits in Dharmapuri and Cuddalore the advocates’ forum sought the Central intervention to prevent the lawlessness imposed on Dalits.