Dharmapuri case: SC upholds death for 3 AIADMK men

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New Delhi, Aug 30: The Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentence for 3 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) members in connection with the 2000 Dharmapuri bus burning case in which three college students were killed.

The Supreme Court described the attack as "barbaric and heinous and a crime against society." It also condemned the police for not helping the students on board the bus.

"At the time of the incident, police media were present at the place of incident. None of them came for help. The police should not have been silent. Why the police didn't help?" asked the court.

In 2000, more than 40 students and two teachers were in a bus that was attacked by AIADMK members to protest against the conviction of their chief, Jayalalithaa, in a criminal case.

The death sentence had first been given by a trial court in Salem and was then upheld by the Madras High Court in 2007.

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