Tuticorin custodial deaths: CBI registers two instances, constitutes group

New Delhi, July 8

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday took over the investigation into the Tuticorin custodial deaths case and registered two FIRs after the Centre gave nod to the company.

The CBI has additionally constituted a group to go to Tamil Nadu to probe the dying of a father-son duo after alleged police torture in Tuticorin district.

The company filed the case a day after the Centre issued a notification to just accept Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s request to switch the probe to the CBI.

“The CBI has registered two cases on the allegations of custodial death of two traders in Kovilpatti district on the request of the Tamil Nadu government and further notification from the government of India,” CBI Spokesperson R.Ok. Gaur mentioned.

The company, the official mentioned, has taken over investigation into the case earlier registered at Police Station Kovilpatti East in Tuticorin district.

The Tamil Nadu authorities had final month favoured switch of the investigation to the CBI following which the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had directed the CB-CID to deal with the case until such time the central company stepped in.

The CB-CID has to date arrested 5 policemen, together with an Inspector, in reference to the alleged custodial torture of P. Jeyaraj and his son Bennicks at Sathankulam police station.

The duo, who ran a cellphone store, have been arrested on June 19 for alleged violation of prohibitory orders. Bennicks died on June 22 and Jeyaraj the subsequent day at a hospital as a result of alleged police brutality, resulting in a nationwide outrage.IANS

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