Pollachi/Chennai: The Pollachi rape-cum-blackmail case has snowballed into a major issue as authorities, fearing violence following surfacing of scandalous details, declared holidays in local colleges on Thursday, a day after the Tamil Nadu government gave its nod for a CBI probe. The Madras High Court on Thursday rejected a plea for a special investigation team probe, saying the Central Bureau of Investigation has already been told to probe the case.The CBI will investigate the two cases which were originally registered at the Pollachi East Police Station, Coimbatore district, last month.
On Wednesday scores of students, lawyers and members of women’s organisations took to the streets demanding action against the accused. Students boycotted classes and staged sit-ins demanding stringent punishment. Advocates practising in Coimbatore staged a demonstration outside the court complex seeking an inquiry committee with a woman judge of the Madras High Court as its head to probe the case. On Wednesday, the Madras High Court had rapped the media over coverage of the crime. (IANS)
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