Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dalit School boy beaten to death by upper caste students in Tamil nadu

A friend gone: Students of Mallur Government HSS grieving the death of their classmate Raman at his village on Tuesday.

SALEM: Tension prevailed in the suburban town of Mallur since early Tuesday morning following the death of a Dalit school student.

He was reported to have sustained injuries in a clash between two groups of students that took place on the campus of the Mallur Government Higher Secondary School, a fortnight ago.

Heavy police pickets were posted in the town to avoid any untoward incident. Police also denied permission to those who attempted to take out a rally to protest against the attack on the boy, which they claimed had subsequently led to his death.

The 19-year old boy, Raman, one of the twin sons of a daily wage labourer, who studied Plus-One, was said to have suffered severe internal injuries from the clashes that broke out between a few boys.

Raman allegedly vomited blood while he was in the class room on November 19 and was taken to private nursing homes at Mallur and Salem and was diagnosed with heart valve damage. He was rushed to a Chennai hospital where he died on Monday.

Anand, the boy’s father, told The Hindu that immediately after a violent clash in the school on September 25, he preferred a complaint with the Mallur Police Station against a few students who beat Raman when the latter went to park his cycle in the stand. “But police have neither registered a first information report nor initiated any action so far,” he charged.

SC/ST students studying in that school alleged caste based discrimination both by the school management and other upper caste students.Investigations have revealed that there is separate parking space for the SC/ST students alone in that school.

Headmaster N. Athiappan said the school staff council suspended two boys, who beat Raman, for 15 days.

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