Dalit murder accused Yuvraj may surrender, says wife
Salem: The wife of the prime accused in the 27 June murder of Dalit youth Gokulraj has indicated that her husband might surrender in court. She stated this to reporters outside a local court here yesterday after a local court in Namakkal had issued an arrest warrant against Yuvraj. He has been on the run since the murder.
Yuvraj had reportedly given an interview to a Tamil news channel on 4 October, daring the police to nab him. The body of Gokularaj was found on the railway track near Pallipalayam on 27 June and it had triggered protests from his family who had alleged that it was an honour killing. A love affair with a girl belonging to another caste was suspected to be the reason for his murder.
In related development, the court granted bail to three of those arrested. They had been lodged in Attur sub jail. They were among the total of 21 arrested so far in the case.
On 18 September, Tiruchengode DSP Vishnupriya, investigating the case, allegedly committed suicide at her residence-cum-office complex. Her father and one of her batchmates had levelled charges of harassment by her superiors in connection with the case related to Gokulraj?s murder.
The police had rejected the charge, saying that they recovered a 16-page ?suicide note? in which she had said it was her third suicide attempt and requested her mother not to make an issue of it.
The opposition had also made a bid to raise the issue in the Assembly on 21 September and demanded a CBI probe. The next day, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had rejected the demand and asserted that the state crime branch-CID would handle the probe ?impartially?.