Protest Against TN Police Over “Custodial Death” Of Father & Son !!

A shopkeeper and his son were allegedly killed in Police custody and a massive protest took place in the Sathankulam town of Thoothukudi district seeking justice for the death of the innocents. More than 100 people gathered and staged a Dharna, condemning the act of the police officials.

Jayaraj (59) and his son Fenix Immanuel (31) were running a mobile shop named as APJ in Sathankulam town. On Friday, Jayaraj closed his shop around 8 : 15 PM and police personnel from the Sathankulam station, who were on patrol duty, reportedly pulled him up for running the shop beyond the permitted time. An argument took place right at the spot it seems.

The police officers visited the shop again on Saturday and had an argument in front of the public with the father and son duo. As soon as Fenix intervened the argument, police officials arrested both of them and booked cases under several sections of the Indian Penal Code against them. It includes Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 353 (Use of force to deter public servant from duty).

After a medical check up, Jayaraj and Fenix were lodged in the kovilpatti sub-jail. On the evening of the same day, Fenix complained of chest pain and Jayaraj had an high fever, according to sources. Both were taken to the Kovilpatti government hospital, where Fenix died on Monday evening and Jayaraj succumbed to respiratory illness on Tuesday morning.

Jayaraj, Femix

Selvarani, wife of Jayaraj lodged a police complaint alleging that police brutality led the demise of her son and husband. She said that police attacked her husband and son, used curse words and threatened to kill them in her complaint letter to the district criminal court and Assistant commissioner. She requested to book the police officers who are responsible for the crime and urged their suspension from duty. Two sub inspectors have been suspended.

As soon as news broke out, peeple in social media trended the hashtag #சாத்தான்குளம் Indiawide and seeking justice for the demise of father and son. Kamal Haasan, leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam posted a tweet condemning the act of the police officials.

One of a social media user said that suspension is not enough for the police officers who caused this loss but they should pay half of their salary to the family of the deceased throughout his life. Another user compared how police treated rape accused Kaasi and Jayaraj, Femix while they are in their custody.

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