The body of P. Ramkumar, who allegedly committed suicide in Puzhal prison on September 18 last after getting arrested in connection with Swathi’s murder case, was buried at Meenakshipuram on Sunday afternoon.
He was given a tearful farewell in his village Meenakshipuram near Sengottah in Tirunelveli district on Sunday.
His body reached Meenakshipuram late Sunday morning, nearly 15 days after he allegedly committed suicide in Puzhal prison, where he had been imprisoned in connection with the murder.
Villagers thronged Ramkumar’s house, many of them crying in despair. Tight security arrangements had been put in place in Meenakshipuram, with Tirunelveli DIG Dinakaran and superintendent of police Vikraman camping in Sengottah from Saturday night. About 500 police personnel were pressed into service in the village.
After leaders of various Dalit outfits placed wreaths on the body, it was taken in a procession and buried.
Ramkumar’s advocate Ramaraj, who came to Meenakshipuram along with the body, said he would decide on the next course of action only after getting the post-mortem report.
The Head of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at AIIMS Delhi, who dissected murder-suspect Ramkumar’s body on Saturday, said that there were no signs of ‘coercion’.
Sudhir Gupta, professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said that the only unresolved injuries on Ramkumar’s body were 6-7 injuries on the face and neck.