Chennai: Four Tamil Nadu policemen have been arrested in (Jeyaraj and Beniks) Father-Son death case at Tuticorin – a father and son allegedly tortured by cops after keeping their shop open 15 minutes longer than allowed amid the coronavirus lockdown.
The accused named as Inspector Sridhar, sub-Inspectors Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan and constable Murugan have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Tamil Nadu’s CID (Criminal Investigation Department), under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Speaking to NDTV, Shankar, Inspector General (CB-CID) told that “FIRs have been altered to 302 IPC. 12 special teams under IG and SP (CB-CID) are investigating all angles.”
The police had earlier registered FIR as suspicious deaths.
The CB-CID has modified both FIRs – one each for the death of the father, Jeyaraj, and the son, Beniks – and to include murder charges against two sub inspectors (Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan), two constables and two other individuals.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had asked the CB-CID to take over the case from Tuticorin Police until the CBI, to whom the case has been handed over, takes charge.
On Tuesday the court noted post-mortem reports and the court was also told that CCTV footage that could provide throw light on what happened at the Sathankulam Police Station on June 19, when the two men were arrested and allegedly tortured, had been deleted.