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Dalit teen stabbed to death in Tamilnadu, family members suspect caste killing – 3 arrested

TIRUNELVELI: A 19-year-old Dalit youth was murdered by a mob on Sunday, July 23, near Vektianvilai in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

According to the police. The victim has been identified as K Muthiah a resident of Thisayanvilai in Tirunelveli district, the police said.

The victim’s parents have alleged that their son’s murder was an honour killing by his lover’s relatives who belonged to a dominant community, they added.

Muthaiah belonged to the Arunthathiyar community, categorised as a Scheduled Caste community in Tamil Nadu, was a resident of Appuvilai village. While Muthiah’s relatives have alleged that he was killed by members of an upper caste community and that the police are trying to divert the case.

Muthiah was working in a private company in Tirunelveli where he met Nisha (name change), a 19-year-old girl from the Nadar community. Both of them were in love and Muthiah’s family members were aware of their relationship according to the FIR. A few weeks later, a close relative of Nisha, who came to know about their relationship tried to attack Muthiah and warned him to not meet her again, the complaint said.

However, on July 23, hours before he was killed, Muthaiah brought Nisha to his house where they had lunch together and he dropped her off at the Thisayanvilai bus stand around 2.45 pm, the First Information Report noted.

Later. he went out with his friends to the nearest exhibition ground. When he failed to return home his father Kanniyappan and brother Maharajan went looking for him at a ground where an exhibition was happening, but he was not seen.

“While we were on the way back home, we noticed six men on two bikes returning from the under passage of a bridge where Muthaiah used to hangout with friends. My son Maharajan then rushed to the spot, where he found my son’s dead body,” Kanniyappan said in the FIR and alleged that his son was killed by Nisha’s family members.

Police recovered his body and sent it to Tirunelveli Government Hospital for post-mortem examination.

A group of activists, including members of Makkal Adhikaram, staged a protest in front of the Tirunelveli district police headquarters, demanding action against those responsible for the man’s death. The police detained the protesters in a wedding hall and later released them.

Tirunelveli Superintendent of Police N Silambarasan told indianexpress.com that Muthaiah was killed by a gang of three for stalking a girl from his own caste.

“Muthaiah stalked the girl and misbehaved with her. Enraged by this, the girl’s brother and two others murdered him. We registered a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and arrested all three accused Tuesday,” the officer said.

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