Tamil Nadu: Father-Son death case

Tamil Nadu: Father-Son death case had been handed over to the CBI by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami earlier this week.

Four Tamil Nadu policemen have been arrested in the custodial deaths of these two men. A father and son allegedly tortured by cops after keeping their shop open 15 minutes longer than allowed amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Arrested Cops:- Inspector Sridhar, sub Inspectors Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan and constable Murugan have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Tamil Nadu’s CID (Criminal Investigation Department) under 302 Indian Penal Code (IPC) section.

According to the report, “FIRs have been altered to 302 IPC. 12 special teams under IG and SP (CB-CID) are investigating all angles,” Shankar, Inspector General (CB-CID) told.

On Tuesday the court noted that based on post-mortem reports there were grounds to charge the three policemen allegedly involved in the deaths with murder.

The court was also told that CCTV footage that could provide throw light on what happened at the Sathankulam Police Station on June 19, when the two men were arrested and allegedly tortured, had been deleted.

The court then initiated contempt action against three cops, including a Deputy Superintendent and an Additional Deputy Superintendent. This action has been taken after the judicial magistrate who conducted the inquiry accused them of trying to obstruct his inquiry.

Story of the Incident

Jeyaraj, 59, and his son Beniks, 31, were arrested on June 19 for keeping their mobile phone shop open 15 minutes longer than allowed during the lockdown. The police claimed the two fought, verbally abused and resisted arrest.

Beniks was admitted to hospital at 7.45 PM on June 22. He died at around 9 PM, according to a timeline released by the police. His father was admitted around 10.30 PM the same night and died around 5.40 AM the following day