Tuesday morning saw an angry mob gathering on the streets of Sathankulam in Thoothukudi district, after the alleged custodial death of two remand prisoners, a father-son duo. Irate relatives blocked roads and protested the police action, which they claimed was the cause of their death. The stir lasted for about eight hours.
Meanwhile, Bennix complained of chest pain on Monday evening and was admitted to the Kovilpatti Government Headquarters Hospital but he died a few hours later. His father Jeyaraj, who had fever, was also admitted to the same hospital and died on Tuesday. Thoothukudi District Collector Sandeep Nanduri, SP Arun Balagopalan and Revenue officials arrived at the scene and had to pacify the crowd. After conducting enquiries, Nanduri said the two SIs were placed under suspension and demands of the aggrieved relatives for a government job to a family member and compensation would be represented to the State government.
The Sathankulam Inspector and other personnel have since been transferred and a magisterial inquiry would be ordered and case filed in connection with the incident, sources added. Traders too joined the protest and vowed to keep establishments closed.
Videograph post-mortem of deceased: Madurai Bench
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered that the post-mortem examinations of the deceased be videographed, adding, that the autopsy has to be conducted in the presence of a three-member medical team. A petition was filed in this regard by Selvarani, wife of the deceased Jeyaraj, before Justice B Pugalendhi.