Sattankulam custodial deaths: TN to hand over probe to CBI, says CM

Stalin says DMK will seek CBI probe into Thoothukudi custodial deaths

Stalin says DMK will seek CBI probe into Thoothukudi custodial deaths

Amid nationwide outrage over the deaths of a father-son duo, alleged victims of police torture in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Sunday his government has made a decision to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The custodial deaths of P Jayaraj (62) and his son J Fennix (33) in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin have shocked everyone across the country and resulted in citizens demanding strict action against the perpetrators involved.

The Chief Minister told presspersons after inspecting the construction works of Advanced Institute for Integrated Research on Livestock and Animal Sciences in Thalaivasal, that Jayaraj and his son Benicks, who were running a mobile shop at Sattankulam, Thoothukudi, were arrested and remanded in judicial custody at Kovilpatti sub-jail following an issue regarding closing their shop and they died later at Kovilpatti hospital. Both of them died at a hospital days later.

"After getting the High Court's permission, we will transfer Jayaraj-Bennix case to CBI", said Palaniswami at a press conference in Salem. The family has alleged the two were tortured by the police. "Mr. Murugan said, ".the Sathankulam incident is a blot on the Tamil Nadu police", adding that action against the culprits was the need of the hour.

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The incident had triggered a political and civil society furore leading to the suspension of four policemen, including two sub-inspectors. The Madras High Court had directed the police to submit a report in the case on June 26.

Ashwin took to Twitter on Friday night and said, "Every single life matters".

"The government has decided that the CBI will probe the case", Palaniswami said.

Earlier on June 27, the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK announced a solatium of Rs 25 lakh each to the next of kin of father-son duo.

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