Sathankulam custodial deaths: Two arrested cops went unwell, admitted to the hospital!

In a major development in the case of custodial deaths of Jayaraj and Bennicks in Sathankulam, Thoothukudi, the two of the five recently arrested police officers had complained of discomforts to their health following which they have been admitted at the Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital for further treatments.

According to the reports close to the developments, the CBCID team, which has been probing the case of the custodial deaths, has on Wednesday arrested five other police officers in connection to the case. While they were in the process of remanding them under judicial custody, two of the five arrested policemen said they were feeling ill. Sub-Inspector Pauldurai said he is suffering from high diabetes while constable Thomas Francis had claimed that he had high blood pressure.

Following the development, the two police officers have been admitted as inpatients at the Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital.  The CBCID had produced the other three detained police officers - head constable Samdurai, police constables Vail Muthu and Selladurai before Chief Judicial Magistrate S Hema on the evening hours of Wednesday and the three police officers have been remanded under judicial custody till July 23. 

Initially, the three police officers were lodged in the Perurani district jail in Thoothukudi, and on Thursday morning, they were shifted to the Madurai Central prison. The reports stated that the two hospitalized police officers will be taken under judicial custody after they recover. The CBCID team has arrested ten police officers so far who have been connected to the case of custodial deaths of the father and son.

The CBCID has launched the probe last week and initially, it has arrested five police officers- Inspector Sridhar, Sub-Inspectors Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan, and head constables Murugan and Muthuraj. All five have been booked under the grounds of murder and wrongful confinement and lodged in Madurai Central prison. 

On Wednesday, the CBCID sleuths had taken another five police officers for investigation. However, following the investigation, they arrested the officers of which two had complained of discomforts to their health. 

According to the reports, the Central government has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over the probe on Tuesday as per the request from the Tamil Nadu state government and on Wednesday, the CBI has filed two cases against the police officers for brutally torturing and beating the father and son in the prison. The latest reports say that the CBI will be launching the probe on Friday and a team of seven CBI officers will be coming to Tamil Nadu to carry out the probe.