A 28-year-old woman from Tirupur, who was declared dead by the police, sprang a surprise in Tuticorin on Thursday.

 Megala alias Manimegala approached the Collectorate and informed that she was “alive.” Amuthan, her husband who lived in Peroor of Srivaikuntam taluk, had lodged a complaint with the police on April 13, 2002 that she was missing. A half-burnt body found at a place near Vallanad was linked by the Murrapanad police to the woman missing case.

A case of murder was filed and four persons _ K. Balasubramanian (40) R. Kovilpillai (53), N. Gurunathan (35), S. Dasan (32) _ were arrested. However, Tuticorin Fast Track Court on February 20, 2007 acquitted all the four due to lack of evidence.

Bahujan Samaj Party workers, who accompanied the woman and those acquitted, demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the incident. I.P. Jeevan Kumar, BSP State secretary, claimed that legal action should be initiated against the investigators of this case.

Since the persons arrested belonged to the Scheduled Caste, the government should give compensation according SC / ST Atrocities Act, he said.