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Father-son custodial deaths : Tuticorin gets new SP, HC orders CB-CID probe till CBI takes over

Father-son custodial deaths : Tuticorin gets new SP, HC orders CB-CID probe till CBI takes over

Chennai, June 30 (UNI) As the father-son duo custodial deaths allegedly due to police brutality in Sathankulam created a political furore and sent shock waves across the country, the Tamil Nadu Government today shunted out incumbent Superintendent of Police (SP) and posted a new SP for Tuticorin district.

An official release here said Villupuram District SP

S Jeyakumar was transferred and posted as Tuticorin

District SP in place of Arun Balagopalan, who was

brought to the compulsory wait at the office of the

Director General of Police.

The release said the government also transferred and

posted EOW IG Dr S Murugan as the new South Zone

IG in place of Mr K P Shanmuga Rajeswaran, who is

retiring on superannuation today.

The shifting of Tuticorin SP comes in the backdrop of

the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court initiating suo

motu contempt proceedings after a constable in the

Sathankulam station made disparaging remarks against

the Judicial Magistrate, probing the custodial deaths

of Jayaraj and his son Benicks.

After Mr Arun Balagopalan ordered en masse transfer of

all the police personnel in Sathankulam station last

evening, Additional SP D Kumar, DSP C Prathapan and

constable Maharajan were placed under suspension today,

after Judges P N Prakash and B Pugalendhi, during the

contempt proceedings observed that unless the State

government intervene immediately and transfer the trio

it would be very difficult for a free and fair probe into the


When the three appeared before the court today in

compliance with the summons, the Judges said based

on the post mortem report, which revealed several

wounds on the bodies of the deceased, and on the

report of the Judicial Magistrate, there was prima

facie ground for registering cases against the police

personnel involved in the brutality.

After the State government transferred the probe to

the CBI last night, the Court ordered a CB-CID probe

into the custodial deaths with immediate effect till the

CBI takes over the investigation as there was a possibility

of destroying the evidence.

As per the court order, the Revenue department officials

took control of the Sathankulam police station this morning

to collect the relevant materials in connection with the case.

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