The Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate’s enquiry report on the deaths of Jayaraj and Bennix revealed that the duo was physically tortured by the Sathankulam police through the night of June 19 and into the next morning.
As per the report, the police personnel in the station handed over their lathis, but one of them, constable Maharajan, kept contradicting himself over the location of his lathi. Another constable fled the premises when asked to bring the lathi. After completing his 15-hour enquiry on Sunday, Bharathidasan conveyed everything to the Principal District Judge over phone. The report also revealed that there was no cooperation from the Sathankulam police, who showed a callous disregard for the Magistrate. Thoothukudi ADSP, Sathankulam DSP have been put on wait and the constable suspended. The bench said criminal contempt proceedings against the cops would continue, adding, each be given legal counsels. The case was adjourned for the next four weeks.
New SP appointed in Thoothukudi; South Zone gets new IG
The SP of Thoothukudi, IPS officer Arun Balagopalan, was on Tuesday shunted out and placed under “compulsory wait” by the government. Villupuram SP S Jeyakumar was been appointed in place of Balagopalan. The government also posted S Murugan, IG, Economic Offences Wing, Chennai, as the IG, South Zone, in place of KP Shanmuga Rajeswaran, who retired on Tuesday.