Accused SI in Thoothukudi custodial deaths succumbs to COVID-19

South India

Sub-Inspector Palthurai, who was arrested in connection with Thoothukudi custodial deaths, succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday night.


After tested positive for COVID-19, Palthurai was admitted to the jail hospital a few weeks ago.

Earlier on July 28, head constable Murugan and constable Muthuraj, two accused in the case had also tested positive for COVID-19.

On July 28, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a status report in a sealed cover on August 17 in the Thoothukudi custodial deaths case.

As many as 10 accused policemen, arrested in connection with the custodial deaths of Jayaraj and his son Bennix in Tuticorin, were lodged at the Madurai Central Prison.

59-year-old P Jayaraj and his son J Benicks (31), were arrested on June 19 and lodged in Kovilpatti sub-jail for keeping their mobile phone shop open in the Sathankulam main bazaar area during curfew imposed amid coronavirus lockdown. 

Jayaraju and Benicks were then admitted to the Kovilpatti government hospital on June 22. While the son died on the same night, the father breathed his last on June 23 morning.

The families alleged that the duo was severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel. 

The kin demanded that a murder case be registered against the two sub-inspectors, alleging they were responsible for the death of the two men. They said they had lost both the male members of their family.

The death of the duo had sparked protests across parts of Tamil Nadu with many taking to the streets to demand justice and the incident has even triggered even on social media platforms.


With inputs from Agency

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