There are grounds to cost policemen with homicide for the deaths of a person and his son arrested in Tamil Nadu earlier this month for preserving their store open past curfew through the coronavirus lockdown, the Madras Excessive Court docket stated at the moment primarily based on autopsy stories.
Two cops are “on wait” and a constable has been suspended for allegedly attempting to dam investigations into the deaths at Santhankulam in Tuticorin, which have been blamed on egregious beating and torture in custody. All three have been summoned by the Excessive Court docket at the moment.
The Excessive Court docket has initiated contempt motion in opposition to Deputy Superintendent of Police C Prathapan, Extra Deputy Superintendent of Police D Kumar and police constable Maharajan after a Judicial Justice of the Peace accused them of attempting to hinder his inquiry.
“You can’t do something to us,” constable Maharajan stated, in response to the Justice of the Peace’s report to the court docket.
Jeyaraj, 59, and his son Beniks, 31, have been arrested on June 19 for preserving their cell phone store open 15 minutes past permitted hours. The police claimed the 2 had fought, showered verbal abuses and rolled round on the road whereas resisting arrest.
The 2 males have been allegedly subjected to brutal torture in police custody. Their household alleges that they had extreme inner and exterior wounds, together with rectal bleeding.
Beniks was admitted to hospital at 7.45 pm on June 22. He died round 9 pm, in response to a timeline launched final evening by the police. His father was admitted round 10.30 pm the identical evening. Jeyaraj died early subsequent day, at 5.40 am.
The deaths have generated waves of shock and requires homicide costs in opposition to the police concerned. Activists, politicians and celebrities have known as for justice.
The police had solely registered a case of suspicious deaths until now. The state authorities has handed over the investigation to the CBI.