Opposition leaders in Tamil Nadu are questioning why the scenario versus Jayaraj and Benicks — the father-son duo from Tuticorin whose dying in custody has unleashed outrage throughout the country — has not been handed more than to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Jayaraj’s spouse and children, they have pointed out, has alleged that the scenario from them was wrong and requires a complete investigation, the opposition has reported.
Jayaraj, 59, and Benicks, 31, were arrested on June 19 for trying to keep their store open for 15 minutes beyond permitted hrs in the course of the coronavirus lockdown. In the Initially Facts Report, the law enforcement claimed they argued and fought, showered verbal abuses and rolled close to on the road to evade arrest.
The adult males died in custody, allegedly following brutal torture at the police station. The relatives alleges they had critical internal and exterior wounds, which include rectal bleeding.
Soon after nationwide outrage and needs for motion versus the policemen involved, Chief Minister E Palaniswami had handed the case about to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Four policemen, like two sub-inspectors, have been suspended and an inspector has been suspended by the point out govt.
Nowadays, two law enforcement officers and a constable were being summoned by the Madras Higher Courtroom in excess of the fatalities. The court has said the point out government ought to transfer the policemen or it will be “very challenging” to conduct a free and good inquiry.
The court docket had also started off contempt proceedings from the Tamil Nadu law enforcement, just after likely by the report of a judicial inquiry into the fatalities, which accused the policemen of non-cooperation.
“You cannot do something versus us,” one particular of the accused constables had told the Judicial Justice of the peace, who was tasked with investigating the fatalities.
“We are of the viewpoint that the report submitted by the discovered Magistrate is sufficient for us to choose cognisance of felony contempt on our personal,” the High Court said. “The police are carrying out everything in their command to prevent justice of the peace from continuing with the inquiry,” the judges added.
The incident has brought on a furore in Tamil Nadu and snowballed into a key political row, involving calls for legislation enforcement reform. Tamil Nadu’s opposition DMK specific the AIADMK authorities, accusing it of allowing policemen to choose “law into their possess palms”.
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has lashed out at Chief Minister Palaniswami and his governing administration, labelling them “prime accused” in the deaths.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also cited the issue on Friday, tweeting, “Law enforcement brutality is a terrible crime. It can be a tragedy when our protectors change into oppressors. I supply my condolences to the spouse and children of the victims and charm to the govt to ensure justice for Jeyaraj and Fenix (sic)”.