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Thoothukudi: Outrage after father, son die in police custody

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Deaths of P Jayaraj and his son J Bennix in police custody have caused an outcry against custodial deaths.

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What started off as a normal work day for 31-year-old Bennix, the owner of a mobile phone shop in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district, turned out to be the starting point of a fatal ordeal. On Friday, June 19, around 8 pm, Bennix was in his shop near the Kamarajar statue in Sathankulam town when his friend rushed to him with the news that his father Jayaraj had been picked up by the police. Worried about his 58-year-old father, Bennix rushed to the Sathankulam police station only to be called in by the police officers there for an ‘inquiry’. Three days later, on June 23, Bennix’s friends and family were told by the police that the duo had died at the Kovilpatti Government Hospital, around 100 kilometres from their town.

Perhaps one of the worst incidents of police brutalities alleged in the country during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Sathankulam custodial deaths have sparked massive outrage in Tamil Nadu. People are demanding justice for the victims’ family and strict action against the policemen involved. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court took suo motu cognisance of the case on Wednesday and stepped in to monitor the proceedings. 

Tortured to death for (allegedly) violating lockdown, this is murder of the worst kind. Details are chilling. 

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8 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Tortured to death for violating lockdown, this is murder of the worst kind. Details are chilling. 

 

 

Is that the reason ? Police wale must have been mentally unfit if they went  barbarian for such an offense.  

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Just now, Clarke said:

Is that the reason ? Police wale must have been mentally unfit if they went  barbarian for such an offense.  

The sources I read spell that out as the reason, maybe must give some more time for other angles to come in. Some of  the policemen in all countries are barbaric, India isn't an exception.

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7 hours ago, Vilander said:

Btw the duo are from nadar christian community so they are amoung the ones whom many call dumeels and what else ? Yeah Lemurians  etc. No wonder the police felt pretty confident in doing their depraved monstrosities on. 

Sad incident but this is a pan-India (except Bengal where the lazy, coward police won't hurt a fly) problem, another one from TN

Worst stories come from Punjab, some very brutal videos out there just cos a few guys violated lockdown. 

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7 hours ago, velu said:

Whenever there is a huge coordinated outrage by our media we shld take a break before passing any conclusions

agreed my first reaction to this was same, but seems there is some revenge seeking that went on here, if the duo were history sheeters then it would come out fairly quickly.

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5 hours ago, Gollum said:

Sad incident but this is a pan-India (except Bengal where the lazy, coward police won't hurt a fly) problem, another one from TN

Worst stories come from Punjab, some very brutal videos out there just cos a few guys violated lockdown. 

some of these folks might be scum themselves, whom police nab in petty cases. Its just wrong no matter what they did to kill them in custody, the magistrates who remand them that go wrong, atleast move them to hospitals and charge the policemen, reprimand them so that there is some challenge. 

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On 6/28/2020 at 6:39 AM, velu said:

Whenever there is a huge coordinated outrage by our media we shld take a break before passing any conclusions

It is wrong to compare deaths, evidence so far suggest custodial deaths and torture. It is inhuman the way police treat common people across India. But this outrage is selective based on religion and whose government is running the state. 
 

No mainstream journalist who are crying hoarse now , said anything about sadhus lynched in MH. It was a case of custodial death when the sadhus was handed over to the mob to be killed brutally. Be that as it may, I hope the victims get justice and cops if guilty be arrested

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Judicial team probing torture ‘harassed’, HC orders takeover of Tamil Nadu police station

The Madras High Court Monday directed the district collector to depute revenue officers to take control of the Sathankulam station.

 

The magistrate appointed by the Madras High Court to probe the alleged custodial deaths of a father and son at Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu has written to the court saying officers of the police station concerned had destroyed evidence, did not cooperate in the investigation, and had tried to intimidate the judicial team.

 

Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate Bharathidasan has told the court that the hostility had eventually forced them to stop the inquiry mid-way on Sunday night and leave the Sathankulam Police Station, where P Jeyaraj and son J Bennix were allegedly tortured, leading to their deaths on June 22.

 

Following the complaint, the High Court Monday directed the district collector to depute revenue officers to take control of the Sathankulam station. The court also initiated criminal contempt action against ASP D Kumar, DSP Prathapan and Constable Maharajan, named by Bharathidasan in his complaint. On Monday evening, the Tamil Nadu government passed an order transferring probe into the deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennix to the CBI.

 

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/judicial-team-probing-torture-harassed-hc-orders-takeover-of-tamil-nadu-police-station-6482514/

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27 new cops for Sathankulam police station

The action came hours after the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court slammed the Sathankulam policemen for not cooperating with the Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate.

 

 

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jun/29/sathankulam-police-not-cooperating-with-judicial-inquiry-hc-orders-revenue-officials-to-take-contro-2162949.html

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Tamil Nadu custodial deaths | Woman constable, eyewitness in Jayaraj and Fenix murder case, gets protection

During a court hearing, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court observed that the woman head constable should also get paid leaves as a witness.

 

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/tamil-nadu-custodial-deaths-woman-constable-eyewitness-in-jayaraj-and-fenix-murder-case-gets-protection-5498531.html

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