Hunting

The farmer dies; police suspect he was shot while hunting, but relatives refute claims – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

SALEM: A 60-year-old farmer died near Vazhapadi after a domestically-made gun exploded during a hunting expedition. Police said Perumal, from Periayakutti Maduvu, used to go hunting in the forest with friends. Also on Saturday they went hunting, but did not return.

“We have received reports that one of the Periayakutti Maduvu villagers who was hunting inside the forest on Saturday died when a locally made gun accidentally exploded. Upon investigation, it was found that some people in this village had gone hunting with locally made guns in a gang. Perumal also accompanied them. Perumal died of a gunshot wound. Afterwards, his body was burned in the forest. Vazhapadi police said.

“But the villagers, including Perumal’s family, deny the information we got during the secret investigation. There are 70 families in this hilly village. Everyone says Perumal died of chest pain. The villagers claim that his body was cremated after immediately following all the rituals, because of which they could not inform the police.

Perumal’s family has not come forward to file a complaint in this regard,” a police officer said. “Villagers went hunting with field rifles, and we suspect they are hiding the truth for fear of action. We are continuing to investigate the matter,” the officer added.

SALEM: A 60-year-old farmer died near Vazhapadi after a domestically-made gun exploded during a hunting expedition. Police said Perumal, from Periayakutti Maduvu, used to go hunting in the forest with friends. Also on Saturday they went hunting, but did not return. “We have received reports that one of the Periayakutti Maduvu villagers who was hunting inside the forest on Saturday died when a locally made gun accidentally exploded. Upon investigation, it was found that some people in this village had gone hunting with locally made guns in a gang. Perumal also accompanied them. Perumal died of a gunshot wound. Afterwards, his body was burned in the forest. Vazhapadi police said. “But the villagers, including Perumal’s family, deny the information we got during the secret investigation. There are 70 families in this hilly village. Everyone says Perumal died of chest pain. The villagers claim that his body was cremated after immediately following all the rituals, because of which they could not inform the police. Perumal’s family has not come forward to file a complaint in this regard,” a police officer said. “Villagers went hunting with field rifles, and we suspect they are hiding the truth for fear of action. We are continuing to investigate the matter,” the officer added.