A policeman in Tamil Nadu who was accused in the custodial deaths of a father-son duo, named Jayaraj and Bennicks respectively, died of COVID-19 on Monday.
Pauldurai, 56, was a special sub-inspector and one of the 10 policemen who was arrested in connection with death of father-son duo, Jeyaraj and Bennicks. The incident garnered huge outrage, even on social media platforms. Tuticorin had also witnessed a massive protest over this incident. It was also termed as one of India’s ‘George Floyd cases’.
Pauldurai is accused of thrashing the duo while the other two constables are accused of withholding the victims while he thrashed them.
Pauldurai died at a government hospital in Madurai. He was suffering from diabetes,which is one of the co-co-morbidities leading to COVID-19 deaths, the authorities said. The policeman’s family, on the other hand, complained that he was not treated well.
Earlier this month, the policeman was hospitalized after he tested positive for Coronavirus. His wife had appealed to the senior police officers for permission to relocate him to Kanyakumari for better treatment and facilities.
Jeyaraj, 59, and his son Beniks, 31, were arrested on June 19 for keeping their shop open 15 minutes beyond permitted hours. The policemen claimed that the two had engaged in a fight, not just verbally but had also and taken to the street.
The two men were allegedly subjected to inhuman brutal torture while being in police custody. Their family alleges they had severe internal and external wounds, including rectal bleeding.