Staff Reporter

Body flown to Chennai after court intervention

CHENNAI: The body of a 23-year-old youth identified as Thangadurai of Cuddalore district, who had allegedly committed suicide, was brought here from Malaysia and sent for post-mortem at the Government Royapettah Hospital on Monday.

According to his relatives, he went to Malaysia in April, 2005 and worked as a domestic servant in the residence of one Thennar Malayan. Under mysterious circumstances, he committed suicide by hanging in July, 2006.

When the family members came to know about Thangadurai's death, they preferred a complaint with the Annamalai Nagar police station. As the police failed to take any concrete step, Thambidurai, brother of Thangadurai, filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court which directed the employer to hand over the body to his parents.

The family's counsel R Sankarasubbu told The Hindu that Thangadurai's employer gave an undertaking on August 16 to the court that the body would be flown to India.

Thangadurai had, in a letter to his family members, expressed dissatisfaction about the work and indicated returning home.

A close relative of Thangadurai, who had come here to the hospital, said, "we never knew the fate of our younger brother. He was never happy there. He had told us several times that he wanted to return. Even after his death, we could not get his body immediately. We have to thank the court," he said even as he wept uncontrollably.

A senior police officer said that in this case, though the employer resided abroad, he had to be questioned.

On arrival, the airport police sent the body for post-mortem to the Government Royapettah Hospital. Further investigation is on.