The news of custodial death of a father and son in Tuticorin after police torture before sending them behind bars has surfaced. This news has sparked quite an outrage on social media.
The local police arrested P Jayaraj and his son Beniks last Friday. The reason cited was that they kept their mobile phone shop in Tuticorin open beyond permitted hours. Both of them died at a hospital four days later. The kin alleged that the police officers thrashed the father-son duo at the Sathankulam police station.
The family of the two men, who were traders, alleges that there were injuries to the rectum of the bodies. Another significant sign of torture on the two bodies were tufts of hair pulled from the chest. They demand murder charges against the policemen involved. The cops charged two men with criminal intimidation and verbally abusing the cops.
Political Leader Taking A Stand
Political leader Kanimozhi represents the Thoothukudi Lok Sabha constituency, said the incident is a failure of the police and a gross violation of human rights. She asserted that there had been 15 incidents of custodial deaths in Tamil Nadu, but not a single charge sheet has been filed against officials in the cases. Hence, the NHRC may also take this into consideration and issue necessary direction so that no more lives are sacrificed under custody. A lot of people demand strict action against all such officials who have abetted in gross human rights violations, Kanimozhi said.
The incident has triggered an outrage in the state of Tamil Nadu. It also lead to the suspension of four policemen, which included two sub-inspectors. The state government benched one inspector. There was a huge protest in Tuticorin, with shops closed in the districts. TN Chief Minister EK Palaniswami condoled the deaths but was silent on the alleged torture. He also announced a total of Rs 20 lakh as compensation and a job for the family. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court took up the case.