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.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed grief and regret over the incident.
On June 22, Bennix complained of breathing problems and was admitted to a local government-run hospital, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had said.
Asking how the two traders, first taken to the police station, ostensibly for interrogation for their alleged violation of lockdown rules in not closing their shops on time, could have gone to the "extent of a quick judicial demand without the collision of several others", Kamal Haasan said the entire chain of events should be probed and analysed to unravel the truth. Both of them died at a hospital days later. "The government has decided that the CBI will probe the case", Palaniswami said.
- The Superintendent of Police (SP), Thoothukudi submitted a status report at the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on June 26 in connection with the alleged custodial deaths of a father-son duo. Jayaraj, who was also hospitalised due to an illness, died the next day.
- The judicial magistrates of Kovilpatti and Tuticorin conducted an inquiry on June 27 at the Kovilpatti sub-jail on the instructions of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High court.
The Tamil Nadu Government has chose to transfer the probe into the death of a man and his son, victims of alleged police torture in Tuticorin district, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Sunday.
Ashwin took to Twitter on Friday night and said, "Every single life matters".
The government's decision will be informed to the Madras High Court, which is seized of the matter, and secure its approval before transferring the case to the central agency, he told reporters here.