Tamil Diplomat

Skeletons found at Tamil Nadu granite quarry & owner quizzed

Granite baron P R Palanisamy of the PRP Group appeared before the Keelavalavu police in Madurai, in connection with the ‘human sacrifice’ allegation against him. The police questioned him again on Friday, after quizzing him for nearly 10 hours on Thursday, even as exhumation began at the spot for more victims. Palanisamy denied all allegations made against him.

On Thursday, legal commissioner U Sagayam, probing the multi-crore granite scam, said he wanted the specified spot to be dug for a depth of 10 feet. Exhumation started again on Friday morning and workers dug out two more skeletons. Sagayam also inspected the site at around noon.

Police said they were now conducting door-to-door enquiries to gather information about those who had died since 1999, the year specified in the complaint when the grisly rituals were conducted. The Madras HC had appointed Sagayam, ex-collector of Madurai, to probe the granite scam in which several firms allegedly evaded taxes and mined illegally, causing an estimated Rs 16,000 crore revenue loss to the state.