Dalit youth’s family receives threat letter

Writer abuses his father citing his caste and threatens to behead him.

March 19, 2016 12:00 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:02 pm IST - TIRUPUR/Dindigul:

Three assailants, brandishing weapons, seen leaving the scene of crime on a motorcycle in Udumalpet on Sunday. File photo: Special Arrangement

Three assailants, brandishing weapons, seen leaving the scene of crime on a motorcycle in Udumalpet on Sunday. File photo: Special Arrangement

The family members of Dalit youth Shankar, who was murdered on Sunday last for marrying a caste Hindu girl, received a threat letter from a man claiming to be a resident of Mettupalayam in Coimbatore, even as one more accused in the case surrendered in a court in Dindigul district.

According to police, C. Velusamy, father of Shankar, residing at Komaralingam in Tirupur district, received a letter bearing the name of one Alavudeen. The writer abused Mr. Velusamy citing his caste and threatened to behead him.

The writer further said had Mr. Velusamy sent his daughter-in-law Kausalya (who was also attacked) back to her parents, he could have saved his son’s life.

Mr. Velusamy handed over the letter to the Komaralingam police, who registered a case under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code.

V. Vigneswaran (19), younger brother of Shankar, told The Hindu that the family did not feel intimidated by the contents of the letter: “We have no fear at the moment. In our village, we are surrounded by relatives and very friendly neighbours,” he said.

One more surrenders

Meanwhile, one more person surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate Court at Nilakottai in Dindigul on Friday in connection with the case.

The surrendered person was identified as V. Prasanna (20) of Palani town. He was studying B.Com second year in a private college in Udumalpet.

He informed the judge that he came to know that the police were in search of him and hence he was surrendering.

Judicial Magistrate B. Risana Parveen remanded him in judicial custody and advised the police to produce him before the court in Udumalpet on March 23.

Later, he was lodged in a juvenile home in Melur near Madurai.

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