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|Case posted by||Social Awareness Society for Youths-SASY|
|Type of atrocity||SC/ST (POA) Act|
|Whether the case is being followed in the court or not?||No|
|Fact finding date||Not recorded|
|Case incident date||17-Mar-2020|
|Place||Village: Not recorded
State: Tamil Nadu
Mr. Athi Suresh is resident of above mentioned addressed and belonged to the Hindu Paraiyar Caste (Sub Section of Scheduled Castes). He is residing with his wife Jayalakshmi (40) who is working as writer in police department and has two children Elilan (17), Mukilan (10) respectively.
Athi Suresh is working as Reporter in Velicham TV, Ulundurpet Taluk of Kallakurichi District. He used to record the news across the Ulundurpet for news telecast. Likewise on 13.03.2020 he had recorded the news where the panchayat union middle school head mistress, school teachers had drew the pictures of the national leaders on the school walls. That same night Sathish @ Sathya, S/o Kannayiram had defamed the image of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar with obnoxious substance. Following to this, the VCK district secretary Mr. Lenin had lodged a complaint at the PS and the CSR was filed. Athi Suresh has recorded this news and it was telecasted in Velicham TV as well as in other visual media too.
Following to this, Sathish Kumar @ Sathya developed enmity and hatred towards Athi Suresh for telecasting the news in the Velicham TV Channel. On 17.04.2020 around 1: 30 p.m, Athi Suresh was standing near the PS where Sathish Kumar along with 10 dominant caste men (Vanniyar caste – Most Backward Castes) came with iron rods, knifes and wooden logs and attempted to murder Athi Suresh. Immediately he lodged a complaint at the Ulundurpet PS.
Subsequently on 19.04.2020 around 8 p.m, Rajapandian and Pushparaj belonged to Vanniyar caste came in two-wheeler to Athi Suresh’s village and halted near Krishnamoorthy’s petty shop. They both verbally abused and discriminated in cruel, derogatory forms of verbal abuse referring to their caste name in public view. In few minutes around 20 dominant caste men reached the spot in two-wheelers and had iron rods, wooden logs, knives with them. They had threatened Athi Suresh to murder him. The next day morning Athi Suresh rushed to Mr.Mayavan’s house (leader of the village) and along with him Athi Suresh lodged a complaint at the PS. A case was registered under SC/ST PoA Act and the accused persons Arun Pandiyan and Siva was arrested and imprisoned in Villupuram Central Prison.
On 23.04.2020 around 8: 30 p.m Athi Suresh was returning home after completing his work where about 20 dominant caste people along with Sathish Kumar came there and stopped Athi Suresh’s vehicle. They had brutally attacked him with sharp edged sword at his head and he sustained severe blood injuries. The caste mob escaped from there and with the help of the villagers he was taken to the Government Hospital, Mundiyambakkam, Villupuram District. He was admitted as in-patient and two days later he was shifted to Tanjore Hospital for further treatment.
Sathish Kumar, Ilavarasan, Shanmugam, Malairajan, Velu, Rajasekar, Rajendran, Gurunathan, Venkatesan were arrested and imprisoned in Cuddalore Prison. Also 4 counter case was filed against 7 Dalit youths stating that for creating damage to the vehicles of the police department and district collectorate, arsoning the sugarcane fields and houses.
The case case was filed at Ulunthurpet PS with the FIR No:512/2020 U/S 147, 148, 294(b), 323, 324, 506(ii), 307 - IPC, 3(1) (r), 3(2)(va) - SC/ST PoA Act.