Couple arrested for attempting to murder their Dalit son-in-law, fatally running over his sister in Erode (The Hindu)

The couple, belonging to the Vellalar Gounder community, had rammed into the young man’s bike in a pick-up truck, killing his sister, whom he was taking to school; the young man is hospitalised with injuries


The Erode police on Thursday, March 7, 2024, arrested a couple, who had opposed the inter-caste marriage of their daughter with an Adi Dravidar young man, on charges of attempting to kill their son-in-law, in Bhavanisagar by ramming his bike with a van. While the young man managed to escape, his 16-year-old sister was killed in the incident that took place on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Police said J. Subash of Guruvayurappan Nagar in Bhavanisagar, who owns and operates a private ambulance, married C. Manju of the Kongu Vellalar Gounder community on October 8, 2023. Their love marriage was opposed by Manju’s parents, Chandran and Chitra.

On Wednesday, Subash was on his way on a two-wheeler to drop his sister Harini, a Class 10 student, at a private school in the area. At 9 a.m. while they were nearing Nesavalar Colony on the Sathyamangalam – Mettupalayam Road, a pickup van rammed their two-wheeler from behind and both were thrown off the vehicle in the impact. Subash suffered injuries and was admitted to a hospital in Sathyamangalam. Harini sustained head injuries and was admitted to a private hospital in Coimbatore. She succumbed to her injuries in the afternoon.

Preliminary inquiries by Sathyamangalam Deputy Superintendent of Police M.S. Saravanan revealed that the accused couple had threatened Subash many times. The couple had been following Subash for the past one week and were planning to kill him. Chandran was at the wheel of the van, while his wife accompanied him in the vehicle. They rammed the two-wheeler with their van and fled the spot, police said.

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