RAMANATHAPURAM: The body of B. Arivazhagan, who was murdered by a group at Mudukulathur on Wednesday, was buried in Veerambal village amid tight security.
After hectic negotiation with his family members and organisations, who initially refused to receive the body demanding a government job to the wife of the deceased and Rs.5 lakh in compensation, the body was brought from Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai to Veerambal via Parthibanur and Mudukulathur. A strong police team escorted the ambulance.
Uneasy calm prevailed in and around Mudukulalthur for the second day on Thursday. Shops and business houses remained closed. Only a few buses operated for Mudukulathur.
More than 2,000 policemen, brought from different parts of southern districts, were deployed in sensitive places, including Ilanchembur, Kamudhi, Veerambal, Abiramam, Parthibanur and Paramakudi. Besides S.S. Krishnamoorthy, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), South, Ashok Kumar Das, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ramanathapuram Range and the Superintendent of Police, Pradip Kumar, top police officials, who had worked in the district, were also drafted for bandobust duty.
Two persons, Senthur Pandi (28) and Senthuran (25) of Ilanchembur, were arrested in connection with the murder. They are sons of one Jeyaraman who was murdered, reportedly by a gang belonging to Veerambal, about a few months ago. It was said that it was suspected to be a revenge killing.
District Revenue Officer K. Balasubramanian handed over a cheque for Rs.2 lakh to the family of Arivazhagan.
Collector T.N. Hariharan said that the demand made by his family members for government job and more compensation would be forwarded to the government for further action.
The sudden announcement of a fast unto death by about 100 persons, including women from Ramanathapuram district, at the Collectorate here gave some anxious moments to the police. A large posse of policemen led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) P. C. Thenmozhi ensured that there was no untoward incident.The bereaved family members of Arivazhagan and some leaders, including Pasupathi Pandian and Muruguvelrajan, demanded stern action against the culprits.
They assembled at the Collector’s office at around 1 p.m. and staged a fast in protest against the murder. Every year such an incident prior to Immanuel Sekaran’s anniversary observed in Ramanathapuram district hurt the sentiments of the Dalits, they said.
Only after the arrival of Adi Dravidar Welfare Minister A. Tamilarasi that the crowd dispersed. The Minister assured that action would be taken in a fair manner.
Amid heavy security, the body of Arivalagan was taken to his native village in the evening, police said and added that they had not registered any case against the members who squatted inside the Collectorate.