New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the outrage against the alleged custodial death of a father-son duo in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district, the state government on Sunday decided to transfer the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chief Minister K Palaniswami said today.

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 said as reported by news agency PTI. "The government has decided that the CBI will probe the case," Palaniswami said.

P Jayaraj and his son Fennix, arrested for 'violating' lockdown norms over business hours of their cellphone shop, died at a hospital in Kovilpatti on June 23, with their relatives alleging they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel earlier.

Earlier yesterday, on the instructions of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High court, the judicial magistrates of Kovilpatti and Tuticorin conducted an inquiry at the Kovilpatti sub-jail in connection with the alleged custodial deaths.

The Madurai bench of Madras High court, which suo moto heard the case on Friday (June 26) ordered the magistrates to collect photographic records of entries and the CCTV footage of the dates that the father-son duo were at the sub-jail.

P Jayaraj (59) and his son J Benicks (31), were arrested on June 19 and lodged in Kovilpatti sub-jail for keeping their mobile phone shop in the Sathankulam main bazaar area open during a curfew imposed during coronavirus lockdown.

Jayaraju and Benicks were admitted to the Kovilpatti government hospital on June 22. While the son died on the same night, the father breathed his last on June 23 morning. According to reports, two senior Inspectors have been suspended while departmental action is also being taken against two chief guards of the jail.

The death of the duo had sparked protests across parts of Tamil Nadu with many people taking to the streets to demand justice and the incident triggering outrage on social media. 

(With ANI, PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan