One-liner: The aimless shooting by a narikurava, engaged by a local panchayat in Perambalur district to eliminate stray dogs, has cost the State exchequer and the local body ₹5 lakh each.
Driving the news: A direction to this effect was given by a judge of the Madras HC while allowing a writ petition from a person recently.
Crux of the matter: The indiscriminate and aimless shooting by the narikurava had resulted in one bullet hitting the leg of petitioner's mother in Feb 2015. She was admitted to the govt hospital, but died later.
Illegal operation: Allowing the petition, the judge observed that the petitioner could establish a prima facie case and the death of his mother occurred due to the illegal operation conducted by the panchayat people.
Entitled for relief: However, the petitioner was entitled to compensation as the 5th respondent is the president and the remaining two are the councillors.
On the other side: The passive collusion of the public authorities can never be tolerated. The illegal operations made by the respondents 5 to 8 were not seriously taken nor immediate actions initiated, the judge said.
Direction: The four respondents shall settle their respective portion of the compensation in favour of the petitioner within eight weeks, the judge said.