Police ready for another exhumation, if needed: SP

‘It is a serious charge and we are probing it thoroughly’

Updated - March 28, 2016 06:21 pm IST

Published - September 18, 2015 12:00 am IST - MADURAI:

P.R. Palanichamy of PRP Exports arriving at the Keezhavalavu police station for an inquiry on Thursday.

P.R. Palanichamy of PRP Exports arriving at the Keezhavalavu police station for an inquiry on Thursday.

Madurai district police are ready for another exhumation inside the graveyard at E. Malampatti near here, if required, in connection with the complaint of alleged human sacrifice lodged against granite baron P.R. Palanichamy of PRP Exports and his three employees.

“It is a serious charge and we are probing it thoroughly,” Superintendent of Police Vijayendra Bidari said.

Four bodies, including that of an infant, were exhumed from the burial ground on Sunday following the complaint of human sacrifice.

M. Sevarkodiyon (39) of Keezhavalvu, a former jeep driver with PRP Granites, complained to the Legal Commissioner U. Sagayam, probing the granite scam in the district, that he saw two bodies of mentally-challenged persons being buried at the burial ground in 1999.

With Mr. Palanichamy turning up for questioning by special teams of police at the Keezhavalavu police station on Thursday, the district police have completed inquiry with all the four accused. While Ayyappan and Jyothi Basu came on Tuesday, Paramasivan turned up on Wednesday.

“We have recorded their statements based on an individual-specific questionnaire for each of the four accused. They had to answer some 60 to 100 questions,” Mr. Bidari said.

The police would again question Mr. Sevarkodiyon on various aspects of the complaint.

“We need to get information about how he identified the reported victims at Annavasal in Pudukottai district. We want the details of whether he directly picked them up or someone else helped him to take them with him to Madurai and how he convinced them to board the jeep,” the SP said.

Villagers’ claim

Meanwhile, villagers of Malampatti claimed that two bodies dug up from the burial ground belonged to their relatives. The SP, however, said that the claims can be proved only through matching of DNA.

The medical reports on the approximate age of the deceased would be known by Friday. Later, the DNA tests of the relatives would be done, he added.

The police have also planned facial reconstruction of the reported victims of human sacrifice with the help of Mr.Sevarkodiyon.

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