A man from Hindu community was brutally murdered recently in Tamil Nadu for allegedly opposing a religious conversion to Islam by a group of men of the same community. A day after indulging in an argument over the matter in the open, the man was hacked before his teenager son at night.
The gruesome incident occurred last Tuesday night (February 5) in Tirubhuvanam, a panchayat town in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur District near Kumbakonam when 48-year-old V Ramalingam was returning home from a village along with his son.
On Tuesday night, while he was returning home from with his teenaged son. Suddenly, a car-borne gang blocked their van in a locality dominated by minorities and hacked his hands.
In his complaint to police, Ramalingam’s son revealed that a group of four persons hacked his father’s hands and sped away. Explaining the sequence of events, the boy said on Tuesday morning, Ramalingam and he had gone to Packiyanathan Thoppu, a Dalit locality, to take pick up workers for a function.
At that time, Ramalingam allegedly spotted a group of Muslims, including Rasudeen, ostensibly proselytizing (trying to do religious conversion). They entered into an argument with them following which they dispersed.
But when the two were returning home at night, Rasudeen’s friends attacked them, Ramalingam’s son has stated it in his police complaint. Ramalingam was taken to Kumbakonam GH and later to Thanjavur Medical college hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Tension has gripped Tirubhuvanam since the day. Four persons, whose identities were not revealed have been booked by police.
Ramalingam of Thoondil Vinayagampettai used to rent out utensils and shamiana (tents) for weddings, New Indian Express reported citing sources. He was also the town secretary of PMK five years ago but not active anymore.
Some Hindu groups and political parties staged protests and road blocks demanding immediate arrest of assailants.
Meanwhile, a video clip showing Ramalingam arguing with a few Muslims at Packiyanathan Thoppu went viral on social media.
Police said the group seen in the video belonged to Popular Front of India and were on their regular visit to meet people from other faith and preach. A heavy posse of police personnel, including DIG J Loganathan (Thanjavur range), was camping in the town.