Slain cop’s daughter gets government job after 21 years

Coimbatore, Nov. 12:

The daughter of a slain police constable got a government job as Junior Assistant after a long gap of 21 years. Lavanya, 21, daughter of police constable Selvaraj has been appointed as Junior Assistant on compassionate grounds. She has been posted to work at the north taluk office on Monday.

Lavanya with her mother met Coimbatore City Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan on Monday and got his blessings.
Selvaraj, traffic constable attached to Coimbatore City Police, was stabbed by members of Al Ummah on November 29, 1997 without any provocation. At the time of the murder, Lavanya was ten-months-old.Aged 35, Selvaraj was on duty at Ukkadam regulating traffic when the incident happened.

He had stopped a vehicle carrying weapons in the communally sensitive Ukkadam area of Coimbatore city on November 27, 1997.
Later, three persons who had been detained by Selvaraj led an mob and hacked him to death. This in turn led to indiscriminate attacks on Muslim homes and businesses, rioting, arson and police firing in several places.

This attack is also believed to be the main motive behind the poll-eve Coimbatore serial blasts in February 14, 1998, which claimed 60 lives. Following the murder of a traffic policeman named Selvaraj, by a member of the radical Islamist group Al Ummah .there was sporadic violence across the city.

The main conspirator was found to be S A Basha, the founder of Al Umma, an Islamic fundamentalist body. Investigators found out that the blasts were a part of larger conspiracy to target L K Advani, a senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party on that day at 4 p.m in his election meeting.

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