Tamil Nadu Government on Saturday said it will bear the medical expenses of a Dalit law student, battling for life at a corporate hospital here after alleged police torture.
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who ordered release of funds, noted that the parents of Ashok Kumar, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital, were poor and unable to meet his medical expenses.
The money will be provided from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, an official release said. The announcement comes a day after the state government told the Madras High Court that it was not responsible for making payment towards medical expenses of the student.
Ashok Kumar was allegedly bashed up by passengers of a bus following a wordy duel on Wednesday last near Chengalpattu, 50 km from here. He was later taken to a police station where he was allegedly stripped and thrashed. The student was admitted to Chengalpattu Government Hospital and later shifted to the Apollo Hospital.
Following a directive from the high court, an FIR was registered against seven policemen, including two Sub-Inspectors, based on his complaint on August 18. However, police refused to state whether a case had been registered against the seven policemen.