More cases of police brutality emerg in TN, CM order CBI probe into Sathankulam incident

Amid the shocking custodial deaths in Tuticorin, two more cases of police brutality have emerged on Sunday from Tamil Nadu. Sources report that 26-year-old auto driver – Kumaresan who was allegedly beaten by Thenkasi police succumbed to his injuries after 16 days.

In the the other incidents, whose videos have popped up on social media, a street vendor was allegedly verbally abused by Coimbatore police, policemen were brutally assaulting pedestrians, a cop was damaging weight machine in a shop.

Kumaresan, a 25-year-old autorickshaw driver who was beaten up by cops at the Veerakeralampudur police station in Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu last month, died in Tirunelveli Government Medical College and Hospital on Saturday night.

The death happened less than a week after the custodial torture unleashed by the Sathankulam police in neighbouring Tuticorin district claimed the lives of P Jayaraj, 58, and his son J Beniks, 31.

A first information report was registered against two policemen, who Kumaresan’s father Navaneethakrishnan identified as Sub-Inspector Chandrasekar and Constable Kumar, only after the man died. Navaneethakrishnan alleged that the police personnel punched his son on his back and attacked his genitals.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Sunday evening announced that the government has decided to transfer the Sattankulam custodial torture deaths to the CBI. The announcement comes following widespread condemnation of the government for failing to take action against the errant police personnel.

Jayaraj and his son Bennicks, 31, both traders, died in Kovilpatti sub-jail between Monday evening and Tuesday early morning after they were arrested by the Sattankulam police on June 19 for allegedly violating lockdown restrictions and keeping their shop open beyond the permitted time limit.