3 more cops arrested in Tamil Nadu torture death case
Three more policemen, including an inspector, were arrested on Thursday and charged with murder in connection with the alleged custody torture that caused the deaths of a father and his son at Sathankulam in Tamil Nadu.
Also, police protection has been given to a woman head constable who had testified in the Jeyaraj-Bennicks case. The fresh arrests follow the detention of sub-inspector Raghu Ganesh on Wednesday night.
Those arrested by the CID crime branch on Thursday are inspector Sridhar, head constable Murugan and sub-inspector Balakrishnan. “All important police personnel involved in the incident have been arrested.… The investigation is on,” a senior CB-CID official said.
S. Murugan, the inspector-general of the police’s south zone, on Thursday confirmed the arrests.
The officer said “adequate police protection” had been provided to constable Revathy, who has testified in the Jeyaraj-Bennicks case. “She has been granted a paid one-month leave. The police superintendent has issued an order.”
In her statement to a judicial magistrate, Revathy had said personnel at Sathankulam police station had thrashed Jeyaraj and his son Bennicks the whole night, that sticks had been used and that a table had bloodstains on it.
Within hours of taking over the probe on the directions of Madras High Court, the CB-CID on Wednesday slapped murder charges against the accused persons, including sub-inspector Ganesh.