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Dalit boy abducted and killed

Police arrest father-son duo and their accomplice

October 19, 2017 09:31 pm | Updated 11:26 pm IST

MADURAI

In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old Dalit boy was beaten up, abducted and killed allegedly by a caste Hindu family at Vaikom Periyar Nagar near Silaiman here on Wednesday.

Though Silaiman police initially registered a case of kidnap on Wednesday, they subsequently altered the case as murder after the body of the deceased, A. Sekar, was found near the area with multiple cut injuries and bruises.

According to the police, Sekar and his family, which now resides at Ellis Nagar in Madurai, were previously residing at Vaikom Periyar Nagar.

The family shifted to Ellis Nagar allegedly after an issue broke out between his family and the family of S. Muthupandi (23), a caste Hindu, who was in love with Sekar’s sister, the police said.

Meanwhile, when Sekar went to Vaikom Periyar Nagar reportedly to see his friends on Deepavali day, Muthupandi’s family picked a quarrel with him.

As the family allegedly started beating him up in public, some of the residents in the area alerted the police. Muthupandi and his family, however, fled the spot in a vehicle, taking Sekar along with them.

N. Manivannan, Superintendent of Police, said his body was later found by the police with injuries caused by some sharp-edged stones.

The police have booked Muthupandi, his father P. Samydurai (48) and B. Selvakumar (25) for kidnap and murder based on the complaint by Sekar’s father S. Arockiadoss.

Mr. Manivannan said all the three accused had been arrested.

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