Two law enforcement officers and a constable in Tamil Nadu have been summoned by the Madras Superior Court docket more than the fatalities of a male and his son arrested for keeping their shop open over and above permitted hrs in the course of the coronavirus lockdown. The court docket has also said the state federal government have to transfer the policemen or it will be “very hard” to carry out a totally free and good inquiry.
Deputy Superintendent of Police C Prathapan, Extra Deputy Superintendent of Police D Kumar and police constable Maharajan at Santhankulam in Tuticorin have been requested to seem at 10.30 am tomorrow before the court docket.
The Superior Court docket has initiated contempt motion in opposition to the policemen based mostly on the report of a Judicial Magistrate who has accused them of trying to hinder him whilst he was investigating the situation at Santhankulam in Tuticorin.
“You simply cannot do just about anything to us,” constable Maharajan reported, in accordance to the magistrate’s report to the courtroom.
The Judicial Justice of the peace was tasked with investigating the instances in which Jeyaraj and Beniks died just after their arrest previously this month for maintaining their cellular mobile phone store open 15 minutes outside of lockdown curfew. The fatalities, blamed on egregious police torture, have sparked nationwide outrage and calls for murder fees towards the law enforcement.
The Higher Court docket famous that the magistrate’s report “clearly reveals the district police administration are carrying out every little thing to protect against him from proceeding with the inquiry”. It also mentioned the constable experienced created disparaging remarks.
Jeyaraj, 59, and his son Beniks, 31, ended up arrested on June 19. The law enforcement claimed in their FIR that the two argued and fought with the police, showered verbal abuses and rolled around on the road to struggle their arrest.
The two men ended up allegedly subjected to brutal torture at the police station. Their family alleges they experienced significant interior and exterior wounds, including rectal bleeding, when they have been released.
Beniks died in medical center on June 22. His father died the subsequent working day.
There has been an outpouring of anger and grief in excess of the fatalities. Activists, politicians and celebrities have demanded murder charges from the policemen concerned, numerous applying the hashtag #JusticeForJeyarajAndBennicks.
The police have only registered a circumstance of suspicious fatalities until now. The state authorities now handed around the investigation to the CBI. Some activists claimed the shift could dilute the circumstance.