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TN govt orders commission to probe death of Dalit

Tamil Nadu government on Monday ordered a commission to ‘probe the truth’ behind the death of a Dalit youth, whose marriage to a woman from another caste sparked anti-Dalit violence in Dharmapuri last year.

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa, expressing shock and grief over the death of Ilavarasan, said she had ordered a commission under former high court judge Justice S R Singaravelu to probe the matter. ‘Social activists, political parties and individuals have been expressing various views (on the death). Ilavarasan’s father has also expressed doubts over his son’s death. Therefore, to probe the truth behind Ilavarasan’s death, I have ordered an inquiry commission under Justice S R Singaravelu,’ she said in a statement here.

Ilavarasan was found dead near a railway track in Dharmapuri on 4 July, a day after his wife Divya had said she would never go back to him and would stay with her mother. Her marriage and her father’s suicide triggered violence in the three villages of Natham, Kondamapatty and Annanagar on 7 November last when about 296 huts belonging to Dalits were torched allegedly by the caste Hindus.
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