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DMK MP accused of murder surrenders before court

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's Cuddalore MP TRVS Ramesh, who was booked for murder in connection with the death of a worker in his cashew nut factory, has surrendered before a court in Panruti.

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Chennai, First Published Oct 11, 2021, 1:36 PM IST
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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's Cuddalore MP TRVS Ramesh, who was booked for murder in connection with the death of a worker in his cashew nut factory, has surrendered before a court in Panruti.

The MP, who is accused number 1 in the case, had allegedly been on the run since Tamil Nadu Police Crime Branch slapped a murder charge on him. On Monday, the DMK MP surrendered before the Panruti Judicial Magistrate Court-1.

Before the MP surrendered, the CB-CID had already nabbed five workers in connection with the case. The other accused in the case have been identified as Kandhavel, Sundar, Nataraj, Alla Pichai and Vinodh

The Opposition has been up in arms over DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister not sacking neither expelling Ramesh nor suspending him from the party over his alleged involvement in the case.

The 55-year-old employee, identified as Govindarasu reportedly died mysteriously at the MP's Panikankuppam cashew processing unit. 

Govindarasu, who hailed from Melmampattu village in Cuddalore, was on September 19 allegedly accosted by another employee following a theft at the cashew unit while he was returning home from work. The victim was allegedly accused of stealing cashew nuts from the unit, following which, he was allegedly assaulted by MP Ramesh and five others.

Govindarasu was later taken to the Kadampuliyur police station by two men, but seeing his condition, the policemen told the men to get him treated in a hospital first. The next day morning, however, Govindarasu was found dead. 

The Cuddalore district police had initially filed a case of suicide. However, the victim's family claimed that the bruises on Govindarasu's body indicated that he had succumbed to injuries. The family approached the District Collector’s office and sought a CB-CID probe into the case. Hearing a petition filed in this regard, the Madras High Court had on September 23 directed a group of doctors from JIPMER Hospital in Puducherry to conduct an autopsy. 

The CB-CID, which took over the case, changed the cause of death to murder. While Govindarasu's son Senthilvel claimed that DMK MP Ramesh and his men had killed his father, the accused maintained that Govindarasu had committed suicide.

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