On Wednesday afternoon, some locals near Minjur, Chennai reported the body of a dead man in a fish farm. The police retrieved his body, and suggested that he could be a migrant worker by his appearance. His body was sent for post-mortem to the Tiruvallur Government Hospital, after which a case of suspicious death was registered under Section 174 of CrPC. On further investigation, it was found that he had been stalking a 23-year-old woman.
As per a report in The New Indian Express, she lived in a small room-like structure in the property with her husband and 2 kids. The family was employed at the fish farm.
A senior police officer explained, “On Wednesday, the man sneaked into the farm, allegedly gagged the woman and dragged her to a secluded place in the farm where he tried to force himself on her.” As he held her from behind, she pushed him back. Consequently, he slipped, hit a rock on the ground, and fainted as the ground was slippery from rain the previous night.
She dragged the body and dumped it on the roadside, before returning to the farm to inform her husband. He rushed along with the other workers, and found other villagers standing around the man as he lay unconscious. The Minjur police reached the spot on receiving the information and alerted the ambulance. The paramedic staff confirmed that he died due to a concussion.
Inspector Vadivel Murugan mentioned that his identity is yet to be ascertained, stating, “We inquired about the suspect in the neighbourhood and they had spotted him for a couple of days in the area. But the residents confirmed that he was not employed in any company there.”
Preliminary inquiries pointed that the woman had only acted in her self-defense, as she pushed him to free herself from his clutches. The Tiruvallur police then released her on station-bail by invoking section 100 of the IPC (right of private defense).
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