Tuticorin custodial deaths: Sathankulam cops harass judicial probe team, refuse to handover evidence

The Kovilapatti Judicial Justice of the Peace has filed a element report on the 15-hour lengthy investigation that he and his group performed on the Sathankulam Police Station, the place father-son duo P Jayaraj and J Beniks have been tortured by the Tamil Nadu Police.

What has come to mild from the judicial probe are stunning particulars of police highhandedness, intimidation and conceitedness even in entrance of the Justice of the Peace.


The Justice of the Peace in his report notes that he and his group reached the Sathankulam station on June 28, at 12:45 pm. There, ASP D Kumar and DSP C Prathapan have been within the station and the Justice of the Peace wrote, “I used to be not greeted or saluted after I went in. D Kunar was quite exhibiting a physique language which was like a showcasing of his energy, with an try and intimidate us. He was additionally instructing his subordinates in a threatening tone.”

Additional, the decide wrote concerning the behaviour of constable Maharajan, who’s now suspended for contempt of courtroom. The Justice of the Peace famous that although a number of questions have been requested of Maharaja, didn’t reply any correctly.

The Justice of the Peace famous that the investigation started at 1 pm and there have been delays in presenting paperwork and data to the judicial group. The Justice of the Peace and his group went about photographing the info and when the CCTV footage was to be checked, it was discovered that footage from June 19, the day the Tuticorin police arrested and assaulted the father-son duo was deleted.


Later, the Justice of the Peace recorded the account given by Head Constable Revathi. He notes that the Head Constable was anxious that folks will hear her assertion. To permit her to offer her assertion calmly, the Justice of the Peace needed to depute his guard to face exterior the investigation room.

However the Justice of the Peace notes that the station’s police officers gathered exterior below a tree and began making remarks and stored interrupting the continuing by making sly remarks.

Nonetheless, Revathi, in her assertion, mentioned that the 2 prisoners have been overwhelmed until the early hours of June 20 and the lathis with which they have been overwhelmed have been totally bloodstained.

The state of affairs within the station was so unhealthy that Head Constable Revathi was reluctant to signal the assertion she had given and after a whole lot of convincing she signed her assertion.


As per process, the lathis have been to be taken into custody however initially, the Sathankulam officers ignored the request. Then whereas handing over the lathi, Maharajan mentioned, “You possibly can’t contact us”. The Justice of the Peace additionally mentioned that the police officers have been reluctant handy over their lathis and made a number of excuses and one in every of them even escaped from the station.

Through the probe, most of the police officers stored recording movies on their cellphone and attempting to intimidate the judicial group.

“The state of affairs was not good and police have been taking movies on the cellphone, and have been intimidating the investigation group. At 5 am we returned to the official quarters and instantly all the small print of the taking place have been knowledgeable over the cellphone to the district decide “ learn the report of the Justice of the Peace.

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