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Tamil Nadu Police Shake-Up Amid Outrage Over Father-Son Deaths In Custody

Tamil Nadu authorities says remainder of the transfers, 39 in all, are routine (Representational)

Chennai:

Police officers throughout Tamil Nadu have been transferred and 4 cities have new police chiefs in a serious shake-up within the state in the course of an investigation into the deaths in custody of a person and his son arrested for conserving their store open longer than allowed in the course of the coronavirus lockdown.

An Assistant Superintendent of Police, D Kumar, and Deputy Superintendent of Police C Prathaban, going through contempt prices for making an attempt to dam investigations into the loss of life of Jeyaraj and his son Beniks in Santhankulam, Tuticorin, have been transferred.

They had been placed on “compulsory wait” because the Madras High Court was instructed by a Justice of the Peace that they tried to derail his inquiry into the deaths. But they’ve contemporary postings in a attainable violation of the court docket’s directives. C Prathaban has been moved to the “anti-land grabbing special cell” and Kumar will likely be posted on the Prohibition Enforcement Wing.

Tuticorin police chief Arun Balagopalan had been changed yesterday by Jeyakumar.

The state authorities says the remainder of the transfers – 39 in all – are routine and have been anticipated. “These are routine transfers and promotions long overdue. Many officers have retired too. These transfers aren’t from the Tuticorin range at all,” an officer instructed NDTV.

Chennai has a brand new Police Commissioner, Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal. Prem Anand Sinha is the brand new police chief of Madurai, Dr J Loganathan has been posted in Thiruchirapalli and G Karthikeyan is the Police Commissioner of Tiruppur.

The shuffle has come into impact after a day of key developments within the Tuticorin father-son deaths.

The Madras High Court yesterday stated policemen concerned within the deaths could possibly be charged with homicide and ordered safety for a constable who has recorded a press release as a witness to Jeyaraj and Beniks being overwhelmed all evening on the police station in Santhankulam with lathis (sticks).

The two have been arrested on June 19 for conserving their cell phone store open 15 minutes past curfew. After Jeyaraj was taken away by the police, his son, who reached the police station, was additionally arrested.

The two have been allegedly overwhelmed and tortured and suffered wounds so extreme that they died on June 22, inside hours of one another.

There isn’t any CCTV footage of the day the 2 have been allegedly overwhelmed. The court docket was instructed by the Justice of the Peace that safety cameras on the police station have been programmed to auto-delete footage day by day although there may be sufficient cupboard space within the system’s laborious disk.

The constable who’s a witness instructed the Justice of the Peace that each father and son have been overwhelmed with sticks via the evening, a lot that the sticks and tables within the neighborhood have been blood-stained.

When the Justice of the Peace requested policemen for his or her sticks as proof, one constable jumped over a wall of the police station and escaped. Another policeman believed to be one of many assaulters, Constable Maharajan, claimed his baton was at his native village. He later modified his assertion saying it was within the police quarters.

The Jeyaraj-Beniks deaths have triggered a marketing campaign for justice and motion in opposition to the policemen concerned.

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