Tamil Nadu

PDK functionary murder case: People’s Watch seeks CBI probe


The Peoples’ Watch, a Madurai-based NGO, urged the State Government to hand over the murder case of M. Palani, district convener of the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK), to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Henry Diben, Managing Director, Peoples’ Watch, told the reporters here on Wednesday that a team consisting of advocates and educationists visited Thalli to find out the truth behind the murder.

It was shocking to know that lands of many people were forcibly taken by a private firm in and around Thalli and Denkanikottai area. Since, many people do not know Tamil, the District Judge should take urgent measures to receive petitions from the public through the free legal services department.

Sudha Ramalingam, an advocate of the fact finding team, alleged that many people vacated their houses in some villages as they were unable bear the torture of some influential people in the area.

Even many of their complaints to the police stations were not entertained, she alleged.

Dr. Manivannan, HOD, Political Science, University of Madras, Prof. Kalvimani of Pazhangudiyinar Irular Paadhukappu Sangam, Tindivanam, Mr. Henry Diben, S. Natarajan of Federation of Human Rights, C.S. Rahan, Director, Peoples’ Watch, Tamil Nadu, visited the native village of the deceased Palani. M. Palani was murdered by a gang at Balepuram near Uthanapalli on June 5.

On the basis of the complaint lodged by the deceased son P. Vanchinathan, Uthanapalli police have registered an FIR against T. Ramachandran, MLA, his father in law Laghumiah, brother T. Varadarajan and 19 others.

As many as 12 special teams were formed to nab the accused in the case.

Three people surrendered in a court in Coimbatore and seven persons were arrested by the police.

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