Custodial deaths: TN DGP issues strict guidelines to cops

Following the death of a father and his son due to alleged police excesses in Thoothukudi district, Director General of Police J K Tripathy has issued fresh guidelines to be followed for arrest/remand of accused persons.

He said the move also follows instances where suspects arrested by the police tested positive for Covid-19, while in judicial custody, and subsequently the police personnel involved in the process also tested positive for the virus.

He said that recurrence of such incidents would affect the police department as it would result in inadequate staff to run the police stations. The top police official directed Commissioners / Superintendents of Police to identify a Detention-cum-Production Centre in all sub-divisions with adequate facilities.

Those arrested in non-bailable offences should be taken to the Detention-cum-Production Centre and not to police stations. A police team should bring such accused persons to the Centre after conducting post-arrest medical check, including screening for Covid-19.

Assuring legal action based on the orders of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and the Magisterial probe into the death of the father-son duo in judicial custody in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh each to their family and a government job.

In a statement here, he recalled the sequence of the events that took place following their arrest, and said a magisterial probe was on and the High Court had suo motu taken cognisance of the deaths and has sought a status report from the district police.

Pointing out that the High Court had ordered post mortem by a team of experts and that it should be videographed and posted the case to June 26, the Chief Minister said based on the orders of the Court, which had said it would monitor the case, the government would take legal action against those responsible for the deaths.