Father and Son killed by cops after keeping their shop open 15 minutes longer than allowed amid the coronavirus lockdown

Channai: Four Tamil Nadu policemen have been arrested in the custodial deaths of two men in the town of Tuticorin – a father and son allegedly tortured by cops after keeping their shop open 15 minutes longer than allowed amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Inspector Sridhar, sub Inspectors Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan and constable Murugan have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Tamil Nadu’s CID (Criminal Investigation Department) under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“FIRs have been altered to 302 IPC. 12 special teams under IG and SP (CB-CID) are investigating all angles,” Shankar, Inspector General (CB-CID) told.

The CB-CID has modified both FIRs – one each for the death of the father, Jeyaraj, and the son, Beniks – and to include murder charges against two sub inspectors (Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan), two constables and two other individuals.

The police had earlier only registered cases of suspicious deaths.

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