Thoothukudi custodial death: Tamil Nadu govt announce Rs 25 lakh aid each to kin of P Jayaraj, J Fennix

South India

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu has announced an additional Rs 25 lakh to be given to the next of the kin of the father-son duo, who died of alleged custodial torture in Thoothukudi district. 



As per the report, this is in addition to the Rs 20 lakh which is handed over by AIADMK-led State government,to the family of P Jayaraj and his son J Benicks.

On Friday, Information Minister C. Raju accompanied by Collector Sandeep Nanduri had handed over the compensation announced by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to the distressed family. 

Same day, the Opposition DMK party also handed over Rs 25 lakh to the aggrieved family. 

DMK MP Kanimozhi had met the bereaved family members and handed over a cheque for Rs 25 lakh on behalf of DMK chief MK Stalin and assured the family of the party's complete support.

Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Thoothukudi submitted a status report at the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on June 26 in connection with the alleged custodial deaths of the father-son duo. 

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.

According to reports, two Senior Inspectors have been suspended while departmental action is also being taken against two chief guards of the jail. 

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 ANI

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