Madras High Court says no to burial of K Armstrong in BSP office; state governmnet allots space in Pothur

The court directed that if the petitioners want to change the burial site in the future, they could approach the authorities.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 07, 2024 | 6:02 PM Updated Jul 08, 2024 | 10:46 AM

Tamil Nadu BSP president K Armstrong

The Madras High Court on Sunday,7 July, permitted the burial of the slain Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Tamil Nadu chief K Armstrong in Pothur village in the Thiruvallur district and asked the police to provide enough protection.

The court made the decision after Additional Advocate General (AAG) J Ravindran informed the court that the family of the late leader accepted the government proposal to allocate 700 square feet of land for his burial.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the wife of Armstrong seeking permission to bury his body in the party office of BSP in Chennai.

The court, however, directed that if the petitioners wanted to change the burial site in the future, they could approach the authorities who may consider the matter.

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‘Proposed site in a residential area’

When the hearing started, the AAG offered condolences for the slain leader and told the court that the location of the party office was in a residential area and the roads there were very narrow.

Opposing the petition the AAG informed the court that the state government has identified three areas within a 1.5-kilometer radius.

“Without going into the merits, we’ve identified three areas, which are 1.5 km from their place. We’re giving 2000 sq ft. They can go and visit the place and see it themselves,” the AAG said, reported LiveLaw.

Justice Bhavani Subbaroyan accepted the arguments made by the state and rejected the plea.

Noting the recent stampede in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, the court noted that the leader should be laid to rest somewhere where the area should be enough to accommodate the people who come to pay respects to him.

“Loss is a loss which cannot be filled with anything. But we also have to consider the limits of the authority. You cannot bury a person in a residential area. That has been made clear in many orders,” Justice Bhavani said.

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Cites need for more area

“You won’t be responsible if anything happens in the future. Remember what happened in the Hathras Stampede case. So many people went to the narrow area and we know what happened,” she added.

“We’re not doing it just for the sake of it. Many people who respected him would want to come and give their respects. So the area should be enough to accommodate them. We have a heart. “But our hand are tied. We are with them. But we have to go by the rules and regulations,” the judge further said.

After two rounds of discussions of the family with the representatives of the state government, the court asked petitioners to accept the proposal of the state government to allocate 700 square feet of land in Pothur for burying the late leader.

Armstrong was brutally hacked to death by a six-member gang disguised as delivery executives on bikes near his house in Chennai at night on Friday.

According to police officials, this could be a revenge murder, linked to the killing of a gangster, Arcot Suresh, last year. Police have arrested 11 people so far in connection with the case.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)

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