Opposition leaders in Tamil Nadu are questioning why the case in opposition to Jayaraj and Benicks — the father-son duo from Tuticorin whose death in custody has unleashed outrage across the nation — has not been handed above to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Jayaraj’s relatives, they have pointed out, has alleged that the situation against them was wrong and requires a extensive investigation, the opposition has claimed.
Jayaraj, 59, and Benicks, 31, had been arrested on June 19 for keeping their store open up for 15 minutes past permitted hours all through the coronavirus lockdown. In the First Info Report, the law enforcement claimed they argued and fought, showered verbal abuses and rolled all over on the avenue to evade arrest.
The men died in custody, allegedly just after brutal torture at the police station. The spouse and children alleges they experienced extreme internal and external wounds, which includes rectal bleeding.
Right after nationwide outrage and calls for for action from the policemen involved, Main Minister E Palaniswami had handed the situation more than to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Four policemen, like two sub-inspectors, have been suspended and an inspector has been suspended by the state governing administration.
Today, two law enforcement officers and a constable ended up summoned by the Madras Large Court more than the fatalities. The court has reported the condition federal government must transfer the policemen or it will be “very challenging” to conduct a free of charge and good inquiry.
The court had also started off contempt proceedings versus the Tamil Nadu police, just after going through the report of a judicial inquiry into the deaths, which accused the policemen of non-cooperation.
“You simply cannot do anything at all from us,” a person of the accused constables experienced advised the Judicial Magistrate, who was tasked with investigating the fatalities.
“We are of the belief that the report submitted by the learned Magistrate is sufficient for us to acquire cognisance of legal contempt on our personal,” the Substantial Court docket stated. “The law enforcement are executing all the things inside of their command to stop justice of the peace from proceeding with the inquiry,” the judges added.
The incident has brought on a furore in Tamil Nadu and snowballed into a significant political row, involving calls for law enforcement reform. Tamil Nadu’s opposition DMK targeted the AIADMK authorities, accusing it of making it possible for policemen to take “regulation into their personal hands”.
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has lashed out at Main Minister Palaniswami and his govt, labelling them “prime accused” in the deaths.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also cited the problem on Friday, tweeting, “Police brutality is a terrible criminal offense. It can be a tragedy when our protectors convert into oppressors. I present my condolences to the loved ones of the victims and enchantment to the govt to assure justice for Jeyaraj and Fenix (sic)”.