Tamil Nadu Deaths Blamed On Police Torture Set off Outrage, Political Row

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    Tamil Nadu Deaths Blamed On Police Torture Trigger Outrage, Political Row

    The household alleges that the lads have been saved within the police station all night time and tortured.


    The dying of a father and son in police custody in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin following allegations of torture is snowballing into a significant political row and has triggered requires regulation enforcement reform.

    The opposition DMK focused the state’s AIADMK authorities over the incident, accusing it of permitting policemen to take “regulation into their very own palms” and introduced it will give Rs 25 lakh to the household of the 2 males.

    “The alleged brutal assault on the 2 males days in the past by police was a results of the AIADMK authorities permitting them to take regulation into their very own palms at a time once they have to make sure the protection of the general public throughout the lockdown,” DMK president M Ok Stalin mentioned in an announcement.

    P Jayaraj and his son Pennis have been arrested for conserving their cell phone store in Tuticorin open past permitted hours final Friday and died at a hospital 4 days later. The kin alleged that they have been severely thrashed on the Sathankulam police station by police personnel.

    They allege that there have been accidents to the rectum and different tell-tale indicators of torture on the 2 our bodies like tufts of hair pulled from the chest, and demanded homicide fees towards the policemen concerned. The 2 males had been charged with prison intimidation and verbally abusing the cops.

    The incident triggered huge outrage in Tuticorin the place 13 folks have been killed in police firing two years in the past throughout demonstrations towards a copper smelter. Retailers have been closed within the district and different components of the state in protest on Friday.

    4 policemen, together with two sub-inspectors have been suspended and an inspector has been benched by the state authorities. Chief Minister EK Palaniswami, who controls the police division, condoled the deaths however was silent on the alleged torture. He has introduced a complete of Rs 20 lakh as compensation and a job for the household. The case has been taken up by the Madurai bench of the Madras Excessive Court docket.

    MK Stalin, Chief of the Opposition within the state Meeting, mentioned all these chargeable for the “barbarity” ought to get powerful punishment and his occasion would help all authorized motion for it. DMK MP Kanimozhi has additionally written to the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) over the incident.

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi additionally spoke out concerning the incident on Friday, condoling the deaths and mentioned it was a tragedy when protectors “flip into oppressors”.

    “Police brutality is a horrible crime. It is a tragedy when our protectors flip into oppressors. I provide my condolences to the household of the victims and enchantment to the federal government to make sure justice for Jeyaraj and Fenix (sic),” he tweeted.

    Relations of two merchants had lastly accepted the our bodies on Thursday, expressing hope they’d get justice and following assurances given by the officers.

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