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After second autopsy,body of Tamil Nadu Dalit youth buried

The police stepped in when a few lawyers and activists tried to take part in the procession.

Ten days after he was found dead on a railway track,the body of Dalit youth E Elavarasan (20) was buried at his native village in Natham,Dharampuri,on Sunday. His marriage with an upper-caste girl had sparked violence against his community in Tamil Nadu.

The doubts surrounding his death will end only after the three-member team of forensic experts from AIIMS submits its second autopsy report the Madras High Court. The autopsy was conducted on Saturday after which Elavarasan’s body was taken to Dharmapuri. The administration had clamped prohibitory orders and refused permission to anyone other than family members to attend the funeral.

But villagers defied orders and accompanied his body to the burial site. The police stepped in when a few lawyers and activists tried to take part in the procession. About 15 persons,including Elavarasan’s lawyer S Rajinikanth and IAS officer-turned-political activist Sivagami were detained.

The police,based on Elavarasan’s four-page suicide note,have maintained that he had committed suicide. Recently,they found out that he had earlier tried to end his life after his wife,Divya Nagarajan,went back to her mother last month.

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The autopsy report said fatal head injury was the cause of death,but revealed little else. The family and activists suspected foul play and had sought a second autopsy. The family has resolved to set up a library in Elavarasan’s memory at the burial site.

First published on: 15-07-2013 at 02:20 IST
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