TN: Activists protest against ‘mysterious death’ of Dalit leader

  • PTI, Erode, Tamil Nadu
  • Updated: Mar 21, 2016 22:50 IST

The family members and activists from Dalit outfits protested on Monday, alleging “foul play” in the death of a 45-year-old Dalit leader whose body was found in a well in Tamil Nadu and demanded a thorough probe.

A day after the body of Chinnasamy, leader of ‘Dalit Viduthalai Katchi’, was found in the well in Chellampalayam, his family observed a fast at Dasampudur village demanding a probe into his ‘mysterious death’ and registration of a murder case.

Activists of a Dalit outfit staged a demonstration in front of the Head Post office in Erode, Tamil Nadu.

According to the police, some people had picked up a quarrel with a group of Dalits who were allegedly consuming liquor near a well in Dasampudur village, where a local temple festival was held on Saturday.

An upper caste person had reportedly “abused” a 19-year- old Dalit boy by his caste name following which Chinnasamy intervened and objected.

Chinnasamy had reportedly said his community members would not visit Dasampudur and render their regular help to the upper caste people, police said.

Chinnasamy’s body was found floating in a well in Chellampalayam on Sunday and was brought to the government hospital for a post-mortem.

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