TN schoolgirl burnt alive dies, AIADMK expels accused

A 15-year old girl was allegedly set ablaze by two men at a village near here over enmity with her family and she succumbed to burns at a hospital here on Monday and the duo were arrested, police said.
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As the girl succumbed to burns a day after the incident and the two men, her relatives, were identified as members of ruling AIADMK, opposition parties, led by DMK, demanded that police take strong action and ensure maximum punishment.
Demanding quick and severe punishment to the two accused, including a former municipal councillor, opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M K Stalin on Monday claimed that the duo tied the hands and legs of Jayashree, stuffed her mouth with a cloth, and set her afire.
The AIADMK, meanwhile, announced expulsion of the two from basic membership for bringing 'disrepute' and "working against" the ideals of the party.
Strongly condemning the killing and expressing grief, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said it was 'ghastly' and promised tough legal action against the two men.
A case of murder has been registered against them and a probe was on, he said.
"I have ordered a solatium of Rs five lakh to the family of the girl," he said.
The girl, a class X student, was set ablaze in her village, Sirumadurai, about 28 km from here, allegedly by 57- year old Murugan and Kaliaperumal (53) on Sunday, a senior police official told PTI.
"She was rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital here where doctors said she sustained 80 per cent burns. She died today without responding to treatment," he said.
The girl in her dying declaration to a magistrate named the duo and made it clear they had set her ablaze, the official said.
"Based on her statement to the magistrate, we have arrested the two men."
The incident triggered an outrage, including on social media, with netizens demanding examplary punishment for the two men.
To a question, the police official said that both the accused and the family of the girl had enmity that spanned several years.
According to preliminary investigation, "the deceased and the accused men are relatives and belong to the same village. The families of the accused men and the dead girl had enmity over a couple of issues like those related to land," he said.
Adequate number of police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in the village which is near the temple town of Thiruvennainallur.
The girl's body was handed over to her family for burial, the official said.
DMK and its allies including the Left parties and AIADMK's ally PMK sought tough action against the culprits.
Condoling the girl's death, DMK president M K Stalin said his party will extend its support to get justice for the girl.
Only exemplary punishment will protect children and women from such crimes, he said adding the plight of the girl who suffered due to serious burns will outrage everyone with a heart.
According to Stalin, it is the second such crime of burning alive a student by AIADMK members. A bus was set ablaze in Dharmapuri, in which three girl students of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University were burnt alive in 2000.
Stalin urged the police to act impartially and ensure the strictest punishment to the culprits.
(With inputs from IANS)

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