The demise of a father and son in police custody in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin following allegations of torture has sparked enormous outrage on social media. P Jayaraj and his son Beniks have been arrested final Friday for holding their cell phone store in Tuticorin open past permitted hours and died at a hospital 4 days later. The kin alleged that they have been severely thrashed on the Sathankulam police station by police personnel.
“Reeling from what I am listening to. Completely shocked, unhappy and offended. No human being deserves such brutality, no matter be their crime. The responsible should not be allowed to go unpunished. We’d like details. I can’t even start to think about what the household should be going via. Sending power and prayers. We have to use our collective voices to hunt #JusticeForJayarajandBennicks (sic),” actor Priyanka Chopra posted on Twitter.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 26, 2020
The kin of the 2 males, who have been merchants, allege that there have been accidents to the rectum and different tell-tale indicators of torture on the 2 our bodies like tufts of hair pulled from the chest, and demanded homicide prices in opposition to the policemen concerned. The 2 males had been charged with prison intimidation and verbally abusing the cops.
Although the First Info Report (FIR) mentions the identify of the son as Pennis, his household says his identify is Beniks. A Madras Excessive Court docket doc has spelt it as Bennicks.
Jignesh Mevani, Impartial MLA from Gujarat, in contrast the incident to the killing of African-American man George Floyd within the US.
“Pricey Bollywood celebrities, have you ever heard what occurred in Tamil Nadu or does your instagram activism solely prolong for different nations? The George Floyds of India are far too many. The story of such police violence & sexual abuse is simply heartbreaking,” Mr Mevani tweeted.
Pricey Bollywood celebrities, have you ever heard what occurred in Tamil Nadu or does your instagram activism solely prolong for different nations? The George Floyds of India are far too many. The story of such police violence & sexual abuse is simply heartbreaking. #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) June 26, 2020
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan tweeted, “Horrified to listen to concerning the brutality inflicted upon Jeyaraj & Fenix in Tamil Nadu. We should elevate our voice and ensure justice is given to the household (sic).”
Horrified to listen to concerning the brutality inflicted upon Jeyaraj & Fenix in Tamil Nadu. We should elevate our voice and ensure justice is given to the household. #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 26, 2020
“Nobody is above the legislation, justice should be achieved for this inhuman act,” Tamil actor Jayam Ravi wrote on Twitter.
#JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix Nobody is above the legislation, justice should be achieved for this inhuman act.
— Jayam Ravi (@actor_jayamravi) June 25, 2020
The incident has triggered a furore in Tamil Nadu, resulting in the suspension of 4 policemen, together with two sub-inspectors. An inspector has been benched by the state authorities. There was a large protest in Tuticorin, with outlets closed within the districts and different components of Tamil Nadu on Friday. Chief Minister EK Palaniswami, who controls the police division, condoled the deaths however was silent on the alleged torture. He has introduced a complete of Rs 20 lakh as compensation and a job for the household. The case has been taken up by the Madurai bench of the Madras Excessive Court docket.
The demise of the daddy and the son has additionally snowballed into a serious political row and has triggered requires legislation enforcement reform. Tamil Nadu’s opposition DMK focused the AIADMK authorities, accusing it of permitting policemen to take “legislation into their very own palms” and introduced it will give Rs 25 lakh to the household of the 2 males.
Condoling their deaths, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday mentioned it’s a tragedy when protectors flip into oppressors. “Police brutality is a horrible crime. It is a tragedy when our protectors flip into oppressors. I provide my condolences to the household of the victims and attraction to the federal government to make sure,” Mr Gandhi tweeted.
Family members of two merchants lastly accepted the our bodies on Thursday, expressing hope they’d get justice and following assurances given by the officers.