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Jayaraj-Fenix custodial deaths: CBI takes over probe into torture and killing of father-son duo – India News , Firstpost

The CBI re-registered the case underneath IPC part of custodial demise with suspected offences to be ‘unlawful detention, homicide and destruction of proof’

New Delhi: The CBI has taken over the investigation into the deaths of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district after alleged torture on the Sathankulam police station, officers mentioned Wednesday.

The alleged beating by the police personnel ensuing within the deaths of J Benniks and his father RP Jeyaraj on 20 June and 23 June, respectively, has evoked sturdy criticism from political events in addition to civil society members who mentioned it was akin to the George Floyd incident within the US.

It additionally triggered calls for for police reforms within the nation and prompted the state authorities to suggest a probe by the CBI.

Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami had written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah looking for a CBI probe into the matter. The CBI after getting a reference from the Centre on July 6 handed over the investigation to its Delhi-based Special Crimes Unit and dispatched a staff to conduct the probe, the officers mentioned.

According to laid down process, the CBI on Tuesday night re-registered the case filed at Kovilpatti police station associated to the deaths underneath IPC part of custodial demise with suspected offences to be “illegal detention, murder and destruction of evidence”.

It is alleged that the 2 have been arrested by Sathankulam police for alleged violation of prohibitory orders in drive because of COVID-19 lockdown by protecting their cell phone store open within the district past the allowed time.

The judicial Justice of the Peace probing the incident had knowledgeable the Madras High Court that the policemen thrashed the father-son duo the entire evening within the police station with batons and a desk with bloodstains bears testimony to this.

The findings have been primarily based on an announcement from a ladies police personnel connected to the police station the place the alleged crime came about.

Mentioning Head Constable Revathy’s assertion in a four-page report back to the Madurai bench of the excessive courtroom, the Justice of the Peace mentioned she feared threats if she revealed the details.

After the alleged beating, Jeyaraj and Benniks have been despatched to sub-jail underneath remand round 2.30 am on 20 June the place they have been stored as prisoner quantity 3636 and 3635 respectively.

In the morning round 7.45, Benniks complained of a wheezing drawback and was taken to Kovilpatti authorities hospital in an autorickshaw. The medical doctors declared at 9 am that he couldn’t survive, the FIR alleged.

Two days later, round 10.20 pm on 22 June, Jeyaraj complained of fever and was taken to authorities hospital.

In the morning round 5.40 the subsequent day, medical doctors informed the authorities that the remedy failed and Jeyaraj too died, they mentioned.

The Justice of the Peace additionally informed the courtroom that the personnel on the police station didn’t cooperate at first when he sought hand over of the batons however relented solely after being ‘compelled’.

One of them even fled the place by scaling a wall when hunted for his lathi.

The Justice of the Peace additional said that the settings of the CCTV onerous disk within the police station, regardless of having adequate house of 1 terabyte, have been configured in a manner that the day’s footage will probably be “automatically deleted”.

The excessive courtroom had earlier mentioned that from the report filed by the judicial Justice of the Peace, it was in a position to discern that the Sathankulam police have been making the most of the actual fact the investigation of the case was in limbo and have been making an attempt to trigger the disappearance of proof.

They have been emboldened sufficient to even intimidate the Justice of the Peace in the course of the investigation within the station, justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi had famous whereas handing over the probe to CB-CID.

Five police personnel together with an inspector have been arrested to this point.

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