Ilavarasan’s death was due to fatal injuries caused by a moving train and there were no other injuries on the body to suspect physical torture, according to the autopsy report of a panel of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), police sources said.
The conclusion by the AIIMS panel was based on the nature of injuries on the body and also on the fact that there was no other injury on the body of the deceased that could lead to suspicion of physical torture, the police sources said. Viscera reports also point out traces of alcohol consumption by the accused, sources added.
A copy of the autopsy report was sent to the Dharmapuri Principal District Sessions Court by the Registrar General of the Madras High Court on Wednesday. The sealed cover containing the autopsy report and video recordings of the post-mortem were sent by a special messenger and was handed over in person, police sources said.
The sources said the report of forensic experts from AIIMS, New Delhi was handed over to the investigating officer of the case - Deputy Superintendent of Police, V. Sampath. Further investigations by the special will be overseen directly by the Superintendent of Police Asra Garg.
The report of forensic experts from AIIMS, New Delhi will be handed over to the investigating officer of the case - Deputy Superintendent of Police, V. Sampath, by the court through the Dharmapuri Judicial Magistrate I for further investigation.
Dalit boy Ilavarasan was married to Vanniyar girl Divya and this resulted in violence in Dalit colonies on November 7, 2012. The girl chose to walk out of the marriage and went with her mother after declaring it before the Madras High Court in June 2013.
Ilavarasan was found dead along the railway track on July 4 and a post-mortem was conducted at the Dharmapuri District Government General Hospital on July 5. Subsequently, a second post-mortem was conducted by experts from Chennai on July 11. A team of experts led by Dr. D.N. Bharadwaj Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the AIIMS along with Additional Professors Sudhir Kumar Gupta and Milo Tabin performed the third autopsy on July 13 based on the orders of the Madras High Court.
(With inputs from R. Arivanantham in Dharmapuri) .
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